Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Si­mon Sha­bangu Mat­sapha

THE life of a 15 year old school girl from St Phillips is hang­ing by the thread as her health de­te­ri­o­rates by the day while she awaits the re­lease of funds from Pha­lala Fund for her to un­dergo treat­ment in South Africa.

Nokuphila Matse, a grade six pupil of Si­bet­saphi Pri­mary School has since dropped out of school as her knee swelling con­di­tion gets worse by the day. She is one of the many pa­tients who can­not ac­cess treat­ment be­cause gov­ern­ment is still try­ing to re­solve pay­ment is­sues with most South African hospi­tals which are owed mil­lions for ser­vices ren­dered to lo­cals through the Fund.

The father of the child, An­dreas Matse said they were now help­less and had been try­ing to get help al­most ev­ery­where in a bid to save the life of his child. He was found at the God Never Fails (GNF) Min­istries in Mat­sapha where he had taken the child for prayer from Bishop ND Nh­lapho who al­ways con­ducts prayer and de­liv­er­ance ser­vices ev­ery Thurs­day. He said they be­lieved God would in­ter­vene and de­liver his daugh­ter from the ill­ness which started as an in­jury on the knee.


Ex­plain­ing how it all started, he said the child got a knee in­jury while com­ing from school early in the year. She was taken to hos­pi­tal where she was treated and dis­charged but five months later, her con­di­tion changed with the knee start­ing to swell.

“Five months later, her right knee started swelling and it is get­ting worse by the day. We took her to Good Shep­herded Hos­pi­tal where they trans­ferred her to the Mba­bane Gov­ern­ment Hos­pi­tal.

A num­ber of tests were con­ducted and the re­sults even­tu­ally re­vealed that there was a can­cer con­di­tion which sur­prised us since this was just an or­di­nary in­jury.

We were told that she would be taken for treat­ment out­side the coun­try but we had to wait since there are still mon­e­tary re­lated is­sues with the SA hospi­tals.

We have done all the nec­es­sary pa­per­work for the child to go for treat­ment but the trip is still on hold. We are in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion be­cause the health of the child gets worse by the day,” he said.

He said the child is now un­able to walk and is los­ing ap­petite, some­thing which has got her par­ents wor­ried. He said they were hop­ing the is­sue would be sorted soon to save the life of their lit­tle girl. He said any­one who can as­sist is also wel­come to con­tact him on 7614 3991 be­cause they are not sure when the Pha­lala Fund is­sue will be sorted.

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