Tuesday, October 27, 2020

We are out of the red, Abbie is getting better

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we announce the latest doctor’s feedback on Abbie’s condition. After a long battle the most important milestone in Abbie’s journey has been achieved. Allow us to take a moment to give a brief summary of the history.
Abbie went through an incredible lifesaving operation in March 2015 to remove tumors over 8kgs in her tummy. In total she has undergone eight surgeries, four in Botswana and four in the United Kingdom. Mandatory to these operations was weekly checkups to monitor the possibility of recurrence and the damage caused.

You will also recall that Abbie had to keep a chest drain which was meant to remain in-situ for 12 months as part of the monitoring program. As you may be aware, Abbie had a CT scan on 16th February. The scan revealed no tumor recurrence in 12 months. As much as this may not necessarily mean the end of the road, this in medical terms is the greatest news we have all been waiting for.
The scans have further revealed that Abbie’s lung has re-expanded and the chest problem appears to be resolved within six months and Abbie was taken to theatre for the removal of the chest drain on 18th February.
As a matter of fact, the doctors confidently stated that we are OUT OF THE RED!!! As a sign of their medical confidence, Abbie’s previous monitoring program has been changed to longer intervals. She now only needs to be followed up by the chest team every six weeks and followed up every six months for five years by the oncology team. 

Our little princes can now focus on schooling and get back to being a child as other ‘normal kids’. To God be the glory! To the extraordinary doctors and health workers thank you for the precious gift of life. To Abbie you are the most resilient, strong, courageous, brave little fighter I know. Thank you for kicking the monster called cancer in the face. To my mom HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008799214942″Naso Virginia Ntshabele angels like you aren’t made anymore.

We are overwhelmed with sincere gratitude for your continued support. We still appeal for funds as the bills are still outstanding and still to come. Our “red tape” battle with the Ministry of Health’s obligation to assist in these unique conditions still continues. We hope they will come to the table and clear the unbearable bills once and for all.

The Ntshabele family is filled with gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement, critics, spreading of the word for financial assistance, awareness and everything that has been contributed. Words cannot express our gratitude.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you! May God’s blessings overwhelm all of you and bring you joy. All your hard work has paid off. I am proud of my nation. Kindest regards.

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