My father, a healthy, fit man for his age was recently diagnosed with two tumours in his colon. Now he’s fighting cancer and we are fighting to pay the medical bills.
I came to Taiwan 17 years ago, from South Africa. Three years ago, my father came to live with me on a visitor’s visa, as there was nothing for him in South Africa. After my mother died, he got married again however thereafter he had no one left, and living by himself, single at 78 was simply out of the question. In addition, South Africa has no medical plan.
A month ago he started to complain about bloating and stomach cramps. We thought it might be constipation and treated it accordingly. That brought some relief for a few days, but over time his symptoms got worse. We decided to take him to hospital, and a tumour was found in his colon. An emergency operation was done to put in an ostomy in order to drain everything and clean the colon out. Thereafter a colonoscopy was done and they found another tumour very close to the anus. Unfortunately, this means he may lose anal functions and have to depend on the ostomy for the rest of his life. This would be a huge burden to maintain, as well as a major cost. Another operation will be done soon to remove the tumours and send them for biopsies.
Here's my plea to whoever finds it in their hearts to help: As he is here on a visitor’s visa, he doesn't qualify for National Health Insurance. Hence, he's solely dependent on me. I'm trying my best and I am already working two jobs in order to try and cover costs, but needless to say the bills are sky high and I simply cannot afford it.
The first operation was US$ 2000
The ostomy bags and equipment thus far: US$ 260.
The second operation is pending but since there are two tumours that will have to be removed it will obviously be bigger.
It's estimated to be well over US $9900 for all his medical costs combined.
I sincerely hope that a permanent ostomy won't be necessary as this will mean lifelong expenses of US$260 per month.
At this point I absolutely have to mention the angels I have as friends here in Taiwan. Support was absolutely awesome, with people coming from near and far to help, give advice, drive us around, organize hospitals and doctors, bring food etc. etc. This was truly a divine experience of human compassion and love.
It’s him that needs to heal now. I am sorry to say that I need more help. Any contribution you can make, large or small, will help me care for my father. Bless you!