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What started as a small toothache, today has claimed our dear brother’s entire face and mouth. James Chotamasege, an orphan living with his uncle in Bagamoyo has Stage 4 Cancer, Advanced Osteosarcoma ( cancer of the bones)
James’ current situation has him relegated to only drinks; water milk and juice. Its so sad on top of that given the conditions he is living under. A house without windows, no electricity, dusty floors.
Paying a visit to James Chotamasege, Juliana Christopher together with two of her friends were deeply touched with James’ condition who if only had been healthy and fine; should be in University in his third year.
A brief history of James’ condition
James Chotamasege was born in 1991, unfortunately he lost both his parents in 2006 becoming an orphan. He had hopes and dreams to fulfill all that came to s stand still.
It was the year 2013, James was riding his bicycle along the road unfortunately a lorry was rushing by and he tried dodging the lorry falling into a trench. He went for medical check up and was administered meagre pain killers at Bunju Hospital citing that it was a minor injury.
After some months, James started feeling a lot of pain in his leg, upon which he was referred to other better hospitals for further check up. Mr Kipingu his headteacher then provided the required money for further checkups. He went to a referral hospital in Kibaha where the results indicated he had fractured his leg bone.. and blood had sipped through his bone cavity causing a clot that had developed into cancerous cells. It was then that the problems started.
His leg was to be amputated (cut-off) to save his life. Peers, colleagues and the community contributed to this sum and his leg was amputated.
June 2017, James started feeling pain in his lower jaw molar teeth. He paid a visit to a dentist who referred him to Muhimbili. He went for further tests upon which it was discovered he had stage 4 cancer.
He sincerely appreciates the efforts of the doctors at Muhimbili National Hospital and Ocean Road. He is now back at home receiving minimal treatment on painkillers to reduce the pain. The pain is unendurable as he cannot swallow nor chew through his mouth.
His brief history in Swahili
HISTORIA FUPI YA JAMES CHOTAMASEGE
Mimi James Chotamasege nimezaliwa mwaka 1991,ni yatima niliwapoteza wazazi wangu nikiwa darasa la saba mwaka 2006.kama kijana yoyote nilikuwa na ndoto na malengo mengi juu ya maisha yangu na wadogo zangu.
Mwaka 2013 nilipata ajali wakati na kwepa lori barabarani nikiwa kwenye baiskeli nilidondoka chini nikaumia mguu. Nilianza matibabu ya mguu katika hospital ya Bunju nikijua jeraha ni dogo tuu nilipewa dawa na kufanyiwa vipimo ikaonekana sina tatizo kubwa.
Baada ya miezi kadhaa nilianza kusikia maumivu makali sana ya mguu nikaenda hospitali wakanishauri niende hospitali kubwa ya rufaa kwa vipimo zaidi.sikuwa na fedha za kutosha hivyo nilipatiwa msaada na mwenye shule yangu Mr. Kipingu na kwenda hospital binafsi ya kibaha ikabainika kuwa mguu uliumia sana wakati wa ajali kwamba mfupa ulipata ufa na damu kuvimbia ndani kwa ndani iliyopelekea kutengeneza KANSA.
Na vile nilichelewa matibabu ilibidi kuukata mguu wangu ili kuokoa maisha yangu. Baada ya michango na misaada kutoka kwa walimu,wanafunzi wenzangu , ndugu na majirani zangu nilifanikiwa kupata fedha kwaajili ya operasheni ya kukatwa mguu.
Mwaka 2017 mwezi wa saba nilianza kuumwa meno yangu ya mwishoni(magego),
Nilienda kwa daktari wa meno na daktari wa meno aligundua kuna uvimbe unatokea kinywani na tatizo ni huo uvimbe siyo meno akaniambia niende hospitali ya taifa Muhimbili kwa ajili ya vipimo vya huo uvimbe. Baada ya misaada kutoka kwa wadhamini mbalimbali nilifanikiwa kufanyiwa vipimo hivyo na kugundulika ni kansa. Na imefikia “stage” ya nne(4).
Nilipata msaada mkubwa wa matibabu ya kansa Muhimbili na Ocean road.Mwezi Novemba niliruhusiwa kutoka hospitali(Ocean Road) kurudi nyumbani kwa maana imeshindikana kutibiwa kwani kansa imeshafika kwenye ubongo. Bado nahudhuria kliniki kwa ajili ya kuchukua dawa za maumivu na kusafisha vidonda.
Uvimbe umezidi kuwa mkubwa sana hali inayonipa shida kuweza kula cakula nakula kwa shida sana kwani nahitajika kula vimiminika tuu na vikiwa vya baridi sana.Dawa za maumivu hazinisaidii kutuliza maumivu makali nnayoyasikia kwa Sababu pia kuzimeza ni kwa shida sana..”
He wrote this message on a piece of paper which translates… into
I hope to re seat my Form 4 papers… this year. I have hope I shall. The doctors told me the swelling could be reduced once an opening has been found. I am on painkillers but soon I hope to undergo an operation and recover a bit in time for my papers,” said James
Hopefully though we cannot provide enough but atleast the little we can provide lets share it.We are calling upon all the people out there who can provide any help.
Help better James’ life by sending your contribution
MPESA – 0744 436 546 – Juliana Christopher