Road to recovery: Woman with chronic wound returns home after 6 months

Dokolo-It was a joyous moment on Sunday as Lucky Ejang was welcomed back home in Okii-pokere village, Alyecjuk Parish, Agwata Sub County after spending 6 months hospitalized at Mulago hospital.

Ejang (24) has been battling a chronic wound on her foot for over 20 years without medical attention until early this year when well-wishers’ raised money for her medical bills.

Her plight came to light after LBS Newsday published a story about her illness on 16th January 2022. See more here: https://lbs.co.ug/2022/01/16/dokolo-woman-calls-for-help-after-battling-a-strange-illness-for-over-20-years/

This was followed by a fundraising campaign steered by Lango Broadcasting Service (LBS), a local radio station in Dokolo town also a subsidiary of Unipol Media Services.

Several well-wishers joined the drive to save the young mother, including LBS radio management and listeners. See more here: https://lbs.co.ug/2022/02/19/lbs-radio-gifts-ailing-woman-with-cash-at-mulago-calls-for-support/

Dokolo North Community Initiative and local leaders also came to her rescue. 

Ejang’s family, neighbors and local leaders were on Sunday thrilled to have her back home in good health.

Her 80-year-old grandmother Christine Acen thanked God for giving her another chance to see her granddaughter looking better.

Peter Odongo an uncle to Ejang said, ‘‘I didn’t have any hope that Lucky could stand on her feet even when she was taken to Mulago, I’m now happy to see my child back with the wound healing.”

While speaking to LBS Newsday, Ejang said her hope has been restored and applauded well-wishers for coming to her rescue.

‘‘I used not to walk on my feet since the pain was intense, it’s by God’s grace that I’m alive today, I am happy to be home after spending months at Mulago, all is as a result of your support’’ Ejang stated with Joy.

The LC3 chairperson of Agwata Sub County KG Okao who represented Dokolo North Member of Parliament Moses Ogwal Goli one of the partners in saving Ejang revealed plans to have a project set up for her since she doesn’t have a source of livelihood.

Okao said they will also lobby for support for people living with disabilities in Agwata sub county and Dokolo District at large.

According to the family, Ejang is expected back at Mulago Hospital for review on the 23rd of September 2022.

 

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