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Gregory is a 10-year-old boy from Rombo Mkuu who was hurt while playing with friends. His story is one that serves as an example for many medical providers just why they go to places like Tanzania to provide care.
Gregory’s injuries were certainly not uncharacteristic of a boy in the 5th grade. In Gregory’s case, however, a band-aid didn’t make things better. His wounds didn’t heal properly and after two months he was in great pain.
Medications received at dispensaries in his village did nothing to ease the pain. Doctors ultimately discovered that Gregory’s leg was fractured and a cast was applied. Removal of the cast revealed a setback, the condition of his leg had worsened so Gregory was referred to KCMC for additional diagnosis.
It was there, at KCMC, imaging showed cancer in the bone and Gregory was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma; he would soon require surgery to amputate his leg just above the knee.
Four weeks after surgery Gregory started chemotherapy, remaining in the hospital for days during each cycle of treatment.
As a young child, Gregory struggled with his situation. He had difficulty understanding how he would do the things he enjoyed. Without half of his leg, he was different.
Ultimately, a prosthetic leg was made for Gregory. He was proud to be able to play again, spend time with his friends and return to school. As he returns to better health and free from cancer, Gregory is looking forward to studying medicine and growing up to be a doctor.