MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS FORCES GIRL (15) OUT OF SCHOOL
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.