Patient story | Bridging the distance between cancer and care
Twice a month, Ramadhani Mtaturu leaves his wife and seven children to ride a bus more than 250 miles, from a village close to his home to a village close to a hospital. Rmadhani is seeking hope and healing for his baby girl Sita. He makes the eight-hour journey from Singida to Moshi, Tanzania without hesitation.
Sita was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma stage IIIB a year ago. Doctors referred her to the Cancer Care Centre on the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre [KCMC] campus in Moshi for specialized care she could not receive at the local hospital in Singida.
From the start, traveling to Moshi was a substantial obstacle, and not simply due to the complicated journey. Sita’s father could not afford the bus fare [an estimated $12-$13 in U.S. dollars]. As a farmer in a desperately dry area of northern Tanzania, the expense was more than a year’s wages, but heartbroken by his baby girl’s condition, Ramadhani was willing to sell his family’s farm to get the money needed to travel to the hospital.
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