Rare tongue cancer girl set for free treatment at KNH

She seemed well after a previous operation, but a month after arriving from China, the growth grew back – this time much faster.

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Mwosia Lenjoi, 18, dropped out of school two years ago after she was overwhelmed by a cancerous growth on her tongue.

Her father John Lenjoi on Tuesday said they have visited many hospitals.

The family cannot afford the high cost of treatment and medication. Meantime, Mwosia’s condition worsens. Family friend Joe Sirai early last year connected John to a foreign philanthropist who paid for Mwosia’s surgery in China.

She seemed well after the operation, but a month after arriving from China, the growth grew back – this time much faster. Mwosia is in a lot of pain.

An about-turn to a life that was promising. John’s herd of cattle, which sustained the family, has perished in the drought. They depend on well-wishers for upkeep.

John appealed to the government and well-wishers to come to Mwosia’s rescue. He can be reached on 0723496770.

John said he has nowhere to turn to and prays for divine intervention. He prays regularly for his firstborn daughter.

Mwosia cannot eat solid food. She survives only on milk and uses a straw to drink it.

“We are praying day and night for our daughter. We have no one to turn to but God. Kenyatta National Hospital requires a lot of money. I can’t even afford bus fare to Nairobi,” the distraught father said.

John wants her admitted to KNH or any facility that can save her.

Treatment

Mwosia Lenjoi, who has a cancerous growth on her tongue, has been admitted at KNH which will cover the medical expenses.

Mwosia was helped after The Star reported her medical condition. The growth started as a pimple which grew worse after her siblings pierced it.

Mwosia, 18, dropped out of school two years ago after she was overwhelmed by it. The girl arrived at the referral hospital at about 10:30am on Thursday.

Edwin Rono, Oral and cranio-maxillofcial surgeon, said she will undergo a CT scan that will determine the extent of the tumor.

"After the scan we will conduct a biopsy to know what type of cancer she has," he said.

Mwosia, who travelled all the way from Kajiado for treatment, was very weak.

"My daughter has not been able to eat. She has only been drinking milk," her mother said.

The family had visited three hospitals before going to KNH, which will pay the bill.

Courtesy: The Star

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