A bone for the backbone

Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Apr 17, 2018

Hi all.

Some news: Francis is back in Uganda.

We were able to work out an agreement with the hospital with which he has the outstanding balance having placed another payment towards the bill and leaving some security. This was necessary because Francis had to return to Uganda for his chemotherapy so as not to undo the positive effects of the surgery. He has since undergone various blood tests and check ups to prepare him for chemo.

Following his check up the doctors found that his HB was low and he has been put on a diet aimed at restoring his HB. Following on from a review he is hoping to be able to start chemo.

Thank you all who have and continue to support. Please continue to share this story and help me ease the financial aspect of this gruelling journey for Francis, leaving him to focus on the chemotherapy.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Apr 05, 2018

Hello everyone!

I know I’ve been a little quiet but I’d like to update you on Francis. He is still in Rwanda in hospital due to the outstanding bill. We’ve had some amazingly generous donors over all platforms and with each day the bill diminishes a bit more. He still however has an outstanding balance of RWF 2,132,465 roughly £1,780.

Although this sum seems large I know it’s attainable given how far we’ve come in helping Francis. He remains positive and in great spirits but is quite eager to return home.

So kindly I ask you to help me spread the word and let’s achieve this goal!

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 12, 2018

Morning everyone,

Today I woke up to somewhat disheartening news from Francis in comparison to all the positive updates I've been sharing. As I had mentioned last week Francis was due to travel to Uganda and see his Oncologist however this could not happen because he still has an outstanding balance at the hospital. As you can see on the page itself we haven't quite reached our goal but we've come so far thanks to your incredible generosity.

Despite the graciousness of many of the hospital staff there is certain policy that must be adhered to and unlike we previously thought Francis cannot be allowed to move until the total balance is cleared including costs incurred since the operation.

What's more is that with every day that passes he is billed for his accommodation in the hospital, medications and meals. All of which wouldn't be an issue were he to travel back. As you can imagine this has been strenuous on Francis and his mother who is with him in Kigali.

Thanks to the help of so many who continue to donate via the several platforms we are putting small deposits on his bill everyday.

Nevertheless I implore you to continue to share this fundraiser. I truly believe Francis could be one share away to an amazing donation. You have all done so much for him so far and he is eternally grateful. I truly believe this goal is reachable, I simply need your help.

We are stronger together.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 08, 2018

Hi everyone! And Happy Women's Day to all the lovely ladies reading this.

I have another update on Francis. He has begun Physiotherapy which although helpful has left him in extreme pain coupled with the post surgery pain. I therefore ask you to keep him in your prayers.

He will be moving back to Uganda today and Friday is Oncology day at the hospital so he will be meeting his Oncologist for a review and to make a plan for his treatment and chemotherapy.

Thanks to your generous contributions and those of so many all over the world we have been able to make payments for daily hospital charges, partial payments for the surgery and various other hospital charges. He will need continued treatment in Uganda as well as medication.

I've been in communication with the billing department who have been gracious in their treatment of Francis and I believe with your continued support we will be able to reach our target and ensure that Francis can focus on recovering and the tough journey ahead. He sends his greetings and gratitude as always.

God Bless

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 01, 2018

"Yesterday I had my first day of physiotherapy which was quite difficult but I promise I will manage slowly. Like I advised you- one day at a time. I hope to rest a bit and then send a video message to all those who have been so kind as to pray for me and donate to me, I am so humbled. I ask you to keep me in prayer as there is still a lot of pain. I will be having a full discussion with the billers but I am very sure with God's grace and provision we will be able to clear. God bless you "

I've asked the billing team to contact me with any future discussions because I think the last thing he needs right now is to be settling bills. His journey so far has already been MIRACULOUS and I KNOW we will be able to reach our target. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all you've done so far. In my initial post I mentioned how struck I was by the generosity of someone who didn't know me from Adam and that sentiment is true again for each of you in one way or another. GOD BLESS YOU.

DONATE, SHARE, PRAY <3

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 26, 2018

Hi guys, I've got yet another update for you! I know, relentless right? Not as relentless as Gods goodness and Francis' fighting spirit however!

As I told you Francis left for Rwanda last week and I've got some more positive news. The doctors found that they would need to operate on Francis immediately due to the severity of the cancer. Thanks to all your prayers and help however and some generously kind and skilled medical staff he was able to do the operation with some initial deposits being paid through the donations we've received. I am therefore delighted to tell you that according to his doctor "the operation went as planned". Yeah you can cheer, I still am. The doctor however has taken some samples from the top part of Francis' thigh bone which connects to his hip and knee so please keep the prayers coming! We're hoping for some more good news with the results.

Although this is amazing news Francis still has to pay a tidy sum for the surgery itself and although he is currently in the High Dependency Unit of the ICU he will be moved to the ward later and will need to pay those charges. So I ask you to continue to stick around. It's been amazing to see how far one simple post can go and what it can do so please I urge you-share, donate and PRAY. I truly believe we can meet our target!

I'll be passing on a message from Francis himself as soon as he's able to get one to me.

THANK YOU ALL!

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 23, 2018

Hi guys,

Just to update you. One of our many amazing donors gave Francis a ticket to Kigali and he's on his way today to meet the doctors and have an initial assessment. I will keep you all posted on his progress. I ask you all to pray for him and for all the doctors that will attend to him. Please continue to share to anyone you can so we can reach our goal and ensure he will be able to afford the care he needs. Thank you for your continued support- Francis is overwhelmed and grateful by all you have done for him.

God bless

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 21, 2018

Hi Everyone! I have an update from Francis below...

"Dear Sandra, I wanted to update you with the following:

before you intervened, having been unable to afford the treatment in India we begun to look for alternative options for the treatment, given that time is of the essence. One of the doctors at my place of work introduced me to a Doctor of Egyptian nationality who works in Egypt & Kigali, Rwanda whom he'd contacted whilst at a conference in Kigali.

The doctor is an Onco-orthopaedic surgeon operating on bones infected with cancer. Having recommended him to me I was able to talk with him and he offered to do the same surgery as that in India but in Kigali at King Faisal hospital at fairly cheaper price of $10,000 as oppose to the $36,000 for treatment in India.

Given the time sensitive nature of my issue I have decided to attempt to pursue this course of treatment if I am able to raise the funds as it seems more feasible. I thank you and all who have contributed for your continued prayers and support.

God Bless You,

Francis"

To echo Francis' sentiments I thank you all who have taken time to donate, pray and share. I ask you all to lift him and the doctors who will operate on him up in prayer. The target seems more attainable now and I am determined more than ever to reach this goal. Please continue to share with anyone you know. I will keep on updating you all.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 20, 2018

So I promised to share a bit more of Francis' story with his permission. The story of why he became a nurse is truly powerful and after hearing it I was certain that our paths crossed for a reason, I hope it inspires you as it did me.

When he was 4 years old, thieves broke into his family home demanding money. They had been tipped off that his father had been given money by the company he worked for to procure equipment the following day. When his father tried to object they attacked him. With his dad incapacitated they turned on his mum, demanding her to tell them where money was kept in the home, like his father she told them they didn't keep money in the house. Angrily, they proceeded to ransack the house until they found the money in question and stole various other items. Upon finding the money they were angered further by his mother for lying to them and proceeded to attack her repeatedly, eventually giving her a blow to the head with a panga (machete) and disappearing into the night.

Francis had to witness the traumatic incident at the tender age of four- his mum in a pool of her own blood crying out in agony. This site terrified him and would remain with him for the rest of his life. bleeding in a lot of pain and a pool of blood. His dad sprung into action and together they wrapped a cloth around the head to stop the bleeding while they made their way through the night and until dawn to the nearest hospital.

Amidst this chaos, his father had to report the incident to his work place and the police, who didn't believe him and he was arrested and accused of conniving with the thieves to steal company money. What ensued after was a truly difficult period for his family as you can imagine. As a result of the trauma he experienced and the inexplicable pain he witnessed his mum suffer he resolved to be either a nurse or a doctor. Circumstances beyond his control meant that he was unable to study medicine and so he determined to become a nurse in the hopes that he would one day be able to provide the care that his mother received and do anything to ease the pain of anyone suffering.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 13, 2018

Anyone wishing to send from UG mobile money, here's a quick, simple and secure way to donate https://akabbo.ug/campaigns/a-bone-for-the-backbon...

or please send to Francis Kironde on 0751816881


Thank you

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