Colette is just three years old and lives with her mother, Esther, on the boarder of the Ivory Coast.
Colette was sent home from school after her teacher had noticed her eye had turned red. Esther acted quickly in taking her daughter to their local hospital but she was sent away with just a few eye drops to comfort her. After visiting several other hospitals, Colette eventually travelled to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra, more than 10 hours away from their family home. KBTH is supported by World Child Cancer, it was here that a CT scan soon after arriving revealed that Coletter had developed eye cancer.
Esther was shocked by the news. She did not know that children could develop cancer, or how this could happen to her daughter. Esther also struggled to understand what was happening as she doesn’t speak English, which made it hard for her to communicate with the hospital staff.
Colette has been receiving treatment for the past three months and now needs surgery but the family simply cannot afford it. She works as a dressmaker at home but has not been able to find work near the hospital. With support from you, we are able to help some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in the world, like Esther and Colette, by providing funds to cover the costs of essential treatment.
Alongside financial support, World Child Cancer also provides bead making classes for mothers that are forced to stay at the hospital, away from the homes, families and livelihoods, as a form of social support and to help them raise funds when unable to work. These classes provide mothers with a welcome distraction from the heavy burden of having a child with cancer. Find out more.