La Paz |
In a broken voice, Victoria Mamani, 56, yells for government help. He has five children and was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer on March 10th. His pain is getting worse every day, he can barely walk, more than a month ago he had to start brachytherapy treatment to “save his life” but his family cannot get the 14,000 Bs they are for the meetings need.
Her husband has diabetes and recently got a temporary job as a locksmith, but with that income they can barely afford the day’s shopping. Victoria is desperate and the pain is unbearable. One of her five children has “disappeared” since she found out about the disease and the others are doing what they can to pay for their medication.
Victoria says in her story to ANF that she had been a domestic servant since she was 28 and had worked for a family in Achumani for the last 9 years, but since learning of her illness they forced her to sign it. voluntary resignation “and they paid only 7,000 baht in compensation, a resource that was used for hospital expenses. Now she is unemployed, desperate for the money she needs for her brachytherapy.
“I got the lucky money, I thought I still had something left over, but no, they keep asking for money for the medication, now the brachytherapy. All my small supplies are gone, I have no more money, the family doesn’t have to because she has her own sentences. I want to get my health back, “she implores, in order to point out in good time that her employers are no longer looking for her and refuse to take her daughter in her place as a domestic servant, even though she promised to help her.
Victoria’s drama doesn’t stop there, a week ago the husband of one of her daughters who helped her the most to pay for her treatment died.
“My son-in-law died a week ago, he and my daughter helped me the most, now I have no one. Of my five children, I only live with one 20 year old, but he works and pays for my medication, which I have to calm down. Pain. I want to go back to work, but I can’t walk much anymore, it hurts. I felt better about two weeks ago, I don’t want to die. Ask for a little help for my health. Mr President (Luis Arce) I ask for a little help, I am dying because I have run out of resources, “he pleads.
Victoria’s desperation grows when she sees her husband and father of her children sick. There are days when, faced with so much uncertainty, weep in both pain and sadness.
“My husband is sick too, he couldn’t work because of his pain, but he saw me so badly that he started looking for work and now he’s a locksmith’s assistant in a school near me, but he hardly makes any money with it, that we bought bread and rice. It saddens me to see him like this, sometimes his headaches and kidneys are strong and we both cry, “she says.
Victoria’s family carefully funded chemotherapy and radiation therapy to save her life. One of his daughters, Verónica Mamani, also cries out for help for her mother.
“She’s very good, suddenly she fell and it was advanced cancer. We are living a nightmare, one of my brothers when he found out that my mother had cancer is gone, he doesn’t seem to want to know. We have him wanted, but it’s as if the earth had swallowed him, ”he says.
Verónica says the Bs 14,000 needed are for brachytherapy, which must be done as soon as possible for the chemotherapy and radiation treatments she is giving to be effective. To assist Victoria you can contact the number 75222613.
According to the Ministry of Health, 11,000 new cancer cases occur in Bolivia each year, affecting 7,500 women. Of this, between 24% and 25% is cervical cancer and 16 to 17% is breast cancer, which has been the second leading cause of death in women for several years.
The cancer that kills the most people is cervical cancer and is increasingly affecting young women between the ages of 17 and 25, according to the Cancer Control Program. A few years ago the prevalence of this disease was between 35 and 50 years. Every day in Bolivia four women lose their lives to cervical cancer, as well as breast, biliary, prostate, lung and esophageal cancer.