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Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Thu, 30 Jul 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Henry

Henry is 15 years old and lives in a village close to Kiwoko. He is a P7 pupil and enjoys school and does well in his studies. He loves playing football and hopes to become a teacher one day. However, Henry’s life has not always been so happy and successful. Like many young people around the world, Henry suffers from epilepsy. Until he began receiving treatment at Kiwoko Hospital, this condition threatened to destroy his life. Henry has been attending the weekly epilepsy clinic at Kiwoko Hospital for 4 years now, and the story of how his life has been transformed is a remarkable one.

At the time Henry was diagnosed with epilepsy he was experiencing constant fitting. He would fit an average of 20 times a day, and the fits would be major. Clearly with the severity of his condition, attending school became nearly impossible, and as a result he fell behind in his studies. He wasn’t able to help his family with work around the house, and the burden fell upon his parents to care for him completely. Initially, they tried to help him, but were unable to reduce the number or severity of his fitting. Henry’s epilepsy also began to have a damaging effect on the rest of his body. One day, he was helping his mother by cooking some food over the fire. Whilst this was happening, Henry had a serious fit. This fit caused Henry’s foot to fall into the fire. During a fit, an epilepsy sufferer has no control over their muscles so Henry was unable to remove his foot from the fire. This caused severe burning, pain and damage to his foot, which now requires corrective surgery. At that time the situation had become so serious that his parents brought him to Kiwoko Hospital for treatment. Epilepsy is a manageable condition and when they came to hospital they found out about a clinic for people suffering from epilepsy. Henry registered at the clinic and began receiving medication.

Today, 4 years after he began attending clinic, Henry’s life is restored. His fits have reduced to only once a month, and he now is able to attend school again and do all the things that he loves doing. His life has been transformed and he is full of hope for the future. Henry is one of 170 epilepsy sufferers receiving treatment through the hospital clinic.

Ken and Judith Finch

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