A 26-year-old Zomba-based boxer is appealing for financial assistance to enable him to travel to South Africa for medical treatment.
Stanley Toleza, popularly known as â€˜Tyson Juniorâ€™, who comes from Saiwa Village in Traditional Authority Makwangwala in Ntcheu, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia early this year.
â€œIt started with fatigue and later I realised that my face and neck were becoming puffy. I went for consultation at Zomba Central Hospital in February, where the doctor suspected nephritis (inflammation of nephrons in the kidneys),â€ said Toleza.
He said he was given a nephritis treatment, but upon realising that he was not responding to treatment, he was referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Toleza said his case has since March this year been managed in QECHâ€™s Oncology Ward, where he is being referred for advanced treatment locally, or preferably in South Africa.
â€œI was advised to go to Mwaiwathu, but better still South Africa for my treatment. I cannot afford to pay for the treatment at those hospitals; hence, my appeal for help. So far, I have been buying drugs using financial support from my boxing club as well as my relations,â€ he said.
He said he currently spends K40 000 (about $133) a week and some days on a drug which is only available at Blantyre Adventist Hospital.
Toleza, for almost five years, belonged to Police College Boxing Club in Zomba. He later switched to China Complex Boxing Club at Chinamwali in the same city before the disease struck him.