Daniel Owino is a 33 year old Kenyan. He lives
in the Western part of Kenya in Bondo Sub County in a village called
Usenge on the shores of Lake Victoria.
He has a wife and a young family of three Children. Daniel does not have any formal education and has been working as an unskilled laborer in a fish buying company to feed his family. He bought a motorbike from his savings and has been working as a motorbike rider, earning enough to feed his family. A year ago Daniel was admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital ( https://www.jaramogireferral.go.ke/) with severe anemia after he was referred from his local hospital called Got Agulu Dispensary.
He was given blood transfusion, treated for anemia and discharged. About a month ago the severe anemia re-occurred and he was once again admitted at the same regional hospital for three weeks. He was again transfused with more blood, the anemia managed and referred for a test called gastrointestinal endoscopy. Daniel did the test which is basically a procedure that allows the doctor to look at the inside lining of the esophagus, stomach and small intestines to establish the reason for loss of blood. The test shows that he has enlarged blood vessels (varices) in the food pipe (oesophagus). The enlarged blood vessels are bleeding and that’s why he frequently vomits blood and passes black stool. He needs a procedure to tie the blood vessels (banding). It's like tying a rubber band around the blood vessels to prevent them from bleeding. If the rubber bands are not applied, they could easily rapture and he could deteriorate as a result of blood loss very quickly.
The blood vessels are enlarged because of a problem in the liver and the Doctor recommended an ultrasound to look at the liver. Liver problems are common in people who drink, Daniel doesn’t, and hence the Doctors recommended that he is seen by a gastroenterologist.
Daniel does not have any source of income, he hired out his motorbike to a friend but the motorbike was involved in a road accident recently and is currently being detained at the local police station. He has so far been relying on relatives and friends for fundraising for his treatment. These group of people are becoming fatigued.
Because the Varices can rapture without notice he needs to urgently have the banding done to his varices. To do this he needs 200USD. He also needs to have an ultra sound to check the liver as well as to raise money to pay consultation for a physician and gastroenterologist. These will cost about 200USD inclusive of transport costs to the hospital. Because his treatment may take long, he also needs to be enrolled in the National Hospital Insurance Fund to cater for his future treatment. This will cost about 100USD.
On his behalf i am requesting that we support him to get back to his feet and raise his family.
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