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Relief for cancer-stricken youth


. . . as well-wishers lend assistance

Limpho Sello

COMPANIES, medical practitioners and individuals have brought much-needed relief to 21-year-old Maseabata Khaile who is battling oral cancer with donations of groceries and cash as well as expertise.

Ms Khaile was diagnosed with oral cancer in June 2016 and since then she has visited traditional and medical practitioners in what has so far proved to be a fruitless search for a cure.

Instead, her face has swelled leaving her in great pain while affecting her eyesight and causing difficulty in speech and breathing.

She was referred to a hospital in Bloemfontein, South Africa for chemotherapy, but the procedure did nothing to stop the cancer. Doctors then told Ms Khaile the only other option was radiotherapy which had the disadvantage of destroying abnormal as well as normal cells and could lead to blindness.

The physicians also said that if she did not undergo therapy, the cancer would spread to the bones and end up in death.

Added to that, she was told the radiotherapy could not completely destroy the cancer cells but only reduce them.

On Thursday, a delegation consisting of representatives of companies and individuals visited Ms Khaile at her Lithabaneng home to provide assistance in various forms.

Some of the companies lent a helping hand were Lilaphalapha Logistics, Wild Catz, BMM Insurance Brokers and staff from the Lesotho Revenue Authority.

Also in attendance were young people from different parts of the country and various health practitioners who offered medical advice to her family.

Lilaphalapha Logistics representative, Bofihla Neko, told the Sunday Express on the sidelines of the visit that they learnt about Ms Khaile’s predicament on the Facebook page of its sister publication Lesotho Times and decided to do something to help the family. The firm donated groceries in keeping with Ms Khaile’s diet and M4 100.

Mr Neko, who is also the Lesotho Flour Mills marketing officer, said they decided to alleviate Ms Khaile’s financial and material challenges.

“We heard the sad news about Maseabata’s condition and decided among ourselves that as much as we couldn’t provide medical assistance, the least we could do is respond to the poverty aspect which is also a challenge for the family and her recovery,” he said.

“We are not medical experts but learnt through communicating with people close to the family that a cancer patient has to live within a very strict diet.

“On its own, the family cannot afford that diet. So, we collaborated to provide material assistance while others work towards her recovery.”

He said the visit to the family was the first one for many to come as they are prepared to support the family by all means possible.

For his part, BMM Insurance Brokers representative Marakabei Seeiso called on other companies to provide assistance to the family.

“The family still needs a lot of assistance and the bigger challenge remains her condition which needs to be looked at urgently

“Therefore, the corporate sector needs to pitch in,” he said.















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