Meet Esi

Meet 12-year-old Esi. Esi is a day patient at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Ghana, supported by World Child Cancer.  

Esi first noticed something was wrong when she fell ill and started getting pain in her stomach. She travelled, with her mum Beatrice, to a hospital in her region of Ashanti where it took months for doctors to refer her for specialist treatment. When Esi was finally referred to KATH, she was diagnosed with a form of ovarian cancer. After waiting so long to find out what was wrong, Esi said being told she had cancer made her extremely sad.  

Once diagnosed, the doctors at KATH were able to act fast. After a short stay on the oncology ward, she now returns to the hospital every three weeks. Although Esi's mother does not face major hurdles in getting her daughter to the hospital, she struggles with the costs of medication:    

“We only have to travel for an hour on the bus to get here but I do find it hard to find the money to pay for my daughters’ medication.”   

Thankfully, the healthcare staff at KATH have been very supportive during Esi and Beatrice’s visits, so much so that Esi has been inspired to become a doctor:  

“When I grow up, I want to become a doctor like the ones here, who have been really helpful to me. But when I am here, I really miss school. I like to learn – I especially love my Ghanaian language class. I also really enjoy reading and writing stories!”   

World Child Cancer works to help children, just like Esi, continue their education by supporting projects like the Hospital School in Ghana, meaning that can continue learning whilst being treated at hospital. We have supported the training of hospital teachers, who learn how to adapt their teaching techniques to help educate sick children. By also giving children a faster route to better treatment through the training of healthcare professionals, we can ensure children return to their normal school lives as quickly as possible. With your support, we can help children like Esi achieve their dreams, starting with going #BacktoSchool.