This was a week full of surgeries. Many patients have received notification of NHIF approval for surgeries. This is the governmental healthy insurance which costs 500 Ksh per month ($5.00). Even with this low monthly fee many are not able to afford. We needed to triage patients with the more treatable diseases over those with advanced diseases because of the limited time.
This patient is a victim of the medical system. I saw him in Feb 2022 and he underwent a tracheostomy and biopsy for a laryngeal cancer. Unfortunately the biopsy was negative. We have found inaccurate results with pathology specimens quite frequently as they are sent to Nairobi for evaluation. He was seen in Nairobi and several other hospitals near him since February. He returned to Tenwek when they heard I was visiting again. His exam now revealed advanced cancer involving the neck and larynx. We reviewed our findings and his poor prognosis. We talked of eternal life and the love of Christ. He was broken and desired to give his life to Christ. On Tuesday 10-25 he said the Sinner's prayer and gave his life to Christ. Although we could not offer him a physical healing he was a new creation in Christ. He left with a smile on his face! He will be seen in the oncology center and offered palliative radiation therapy.