The Rocking Horse Project in Swaziland steps in to help a young patient and his grandmother

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Last Saturday, The Rocking Horse Project was notified of an eleven year old hydro-cephalic boy who was suffering terribly with headaches and a cold. His caregivers did not have the funds to take him to a local clinic or, more importantly, back to the hospital for his follow-up with the neurosurgeon. The operation to implant a shunt had been done in November 2012.

We were able to fetch him and his grandmother from their home in a very rural area in Swaziland and take them to our recently opened units at Hope House in Manzini where Bongi (not his real name) received treatment for his cold and headache as well as for deworming by a very kind volunteer doctor. 

As can be seen from the photos, Bongi was in a sorry state when we fetched him. On arrival at Hope House, the community service team from the local telecommunications company as well as the local football team were on site doing some gardening. The delight when they came to greet him and bring him some of their lunch was heart-warming. Needless to say, the food was wolfed down very quickly and then followed by the prescribed medications.

An appointment has been made for him to see the neurosurgeon during this coming week but in the meantime, Bongi is thoroughly enjoying playing at Hope House. His grandmother too, is getting some much needed rest.

We are grateful to the member of another NGO who reported this to us, to the deputy head teacher who showed us to Bongi’s homestead, the staff of the Child Protection Unit of the Royal Swazi Police who accompanied us, the doctor who attended Bongi and the staff at Hope House who welcomed him so warmly.

This is how, when all the stakeholders work together, the best interests of a very sick child are served and much needed treatment is given.  

You can read the ehospice article on the opening of The Rocking Horse Poject here.

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