A 14-year-old boy from Mchinji, Collins Banda, who sustained a broken urinary tract after falling from a tree four years ago, returned home on Tuesday after undergoing a successful operation in India.
His father, Wilfred Banda, could not hide his happiness when Mchinji District Council members welcomed them. He said Collins is healthy.
“ My son’s health has been restored. He can urinate without feeling any pain. I thank Ministry of Health [MoH] and Mchinji District Council for facilitating our travel and the surgery,” said Banda.
He recalled that Collins’ health deteriorated with each passing day as the catheter he was using usually blocked, causing him pain.
“Life for him was unbearable for the past four years. We have been in and out of hospital. At one time, we stayed in hospital for seven months. I sold all my property, including livestock, to fund my prolonged stay in the hospital,” said Banda.
Collins’ situation drew the attention of well-wishers after it was reported in the media.
Following the report, MoH and Mchinji District Council moved in to facilitate the boy’s travel to India for the surgery.
Before going to India, Collins, from Nyamawende Village in Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji, was referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) from Mchinji District Hospital for further attention
Mchinji district commissioner Rosemary Nawasha said she is relieved that the boy is in good health.
MoH spokesperson Joshua Malango is on record as having said that the country has 256 cases awaiting specialist treatment abroad.