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Yesterday we took the man with advanced cancer to the hospital. First we had to visit a doictor in the centre of Mombasa. We paid the fee and were given a piece of paper to take t the hospital instructing them to make a theatre available. The doctor would follow in one hour. The operation was then immediately done. They then discharged him and he even had to walk to the car ! I couldn’ quite believe it and our own doctor (who works wth us on Funzi) as seemingly shocked after such a big operaton. In the car back to his house he seemed in a lot of pain and called out quite a few times. But at the same time he and his daughters were quietely grateful for the help we had given. Had the operaton not happened he would have died very quickly and in terrible pain. This surgery will not cure him. But it will slow the cancer and reduce the pain. We are paying for medicines to help too. I have found this rather haunting. That a 67 year old man had been lying in agony with no hope of even pain relief because nobody coud find three hundred pounds. I was struck by his dignity but also his daughters and their quiet devotion to him. As he left the car he just looked back and said in Swahili “Thank you sir.” His daughters shake of the hand before disappearing off said so much without anything really being said. Meanwhile babay Idris- beset by so many problems in life- was taken by us to hopital for a chest x ray. If his inability to walk and his dad’s recent death wasn’t enough it appears he has respiritory problems too. The diagnosis may come Monday.

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The Funzi and Bodo Trust (FAB) exist to try and change things for the better. Working with local people we are creating the conditions for a better environment where people can reach their true potential and where at least the basics of life are available affording a decent quality of life for all.
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