Adjo's story

Meet Adjo, a football-mad eight-year old from Ghana.

Life has not been easy for Adjo and his mother Felicia in recent times.


Adjo’s father passed away and shortly afterwards Felicia had to resign from her job as a teacher due to her own poor health.

She was forced to leave their family home and she and Adjo moved into a derelict building. Felicia also noticed that Adjo wasn’t his usual self:

He was a happy, healthy child until about a year ago when a noticed a lump on his neck that was getting bigger

Felicia

He was operated on at Fountain Hospital and later referred to the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), which is supported by World Child Cancer. It was here that he was given the diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

Adjo had been going to school before he became sick and misses his classes – especially reading. He is very sociable and loves playing football with his friends, but new Covid restrictions have limited how much contact he can have with other children on the ward. He says:

“The only good thing about not going to school is getting to eat my mum’s home-cooked meals – they taste much better than the food we get at school!”

Adjo

When asked about her experience of staying at the hospital with her son for so long, Felicia answered,

Home is where you make it so for me this is home. My greatest hope for the future is that Adjo will grow up strong and healthy to become a person with compassion. Someone who helps the poor and needy

Felicia

Adjo is responding well to treatment and looks forward to returning to school.

In 2018, World Child Cancer launched an appeal to transform the lives of children with cancer in Ghana. For every £1 donated to the appeal by an individual living in the UK, the UK government also contributed £1 of UK aid to support World Child Cancer’s project in Ghana – a total of £849,956 including £415,717 of matched funding. This has enabled over 1,000 children, like Adjo, to access cancer services.

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