A two year, seven month old boy in Ntchisi is battling for his life due to a heart problem which doctors say require him to breathe through oxygen concentrator for the rest his life.
“Doctors told us our son can survive only if he breathes through the machine. We are mere peasants here in the village. We can’t manage to stay in hospital for the rest of his life and we cannot afford to buy one for him,” said Robert Kadzamira father to the boy.
The toddler, Derrings, was born three months premature and has since then had breathing problems which his parents thought was asthma.
“Our first visit to Ntchisi District Hospital established that Derrings had heart problem which needed specialist doctors. We were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe,” said Kadzamira.
He said at KCH, X-rays revealed that the boy’s heart had weak arteries which at times blocked, leaving the boy with difficulties to breathe.
“Derrings could only breathe properly through the oxygen concentrator. At that stage, the whole body started to swell,” said Kadzamira.
He was given some drugs that are partially helping him breathe. Doctors said the toddler needs a heart surgery which could be performed in India as he cannot survive without the help of the oxygen concentrator.
“We were told there’s a long list of people waiting to be flown to India for medical help so we could not bank our hope on government sponsored trips. We are asking well wishers to bail us out of this predicament otherwise we will lose Derrings,” said the father amid sobs as he looked at his son.
Derrings is not comfortable around visitors as such he cried when Malawi News Agency (Mana) visited him though with difficulties.
“He thinks you are a Doctor with that camera and recorder. Please help us to find people who can help this boy. We believe he will survive if we take him to India,” said the father.
The family which Hails’s from Chimbwanda village under Traditional Authority Malenga in Ntchisi can be contacted through cell phone number 0999359204.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :