A young woman’s husband has abandoned her and their children after doctors diagnosed her with cervical cancer, only to realise later that she has no cancer.
Awuor Olivia, a mother of two from Kenya, had been experiencing pain in her pelvic area and decided to get it checked at the hospital.
Speaking with Tuco.co.ke, she said she initially thought warts around her pelvic area were responsible for the pain.
A biopsy was conducted and the result which took two weeks to arrive, came back with a cancer diagnosis.
Olivia said: “When the results came back I was told that I had cancer of the cervix and it was at its fourth stage. This meant that I had to just start treatment right away. It also meant spending lots of money on the treatment. I informed my husband about the diagnosis and he left me and my children saying he could not live with a dying woman.”
After her husband left her and the children to their fate, she began to find means of lessening the financial burden that lay before her.
She contacted the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to figure out if it covers part of the cancer treatment, but her efforts were fruitless. The NHIF declined to accept her medical report because it wasn’t stamped.
As Olivia was contemplating on how to surmount the hurdle without her husband’s support and still be able to cater for her daughter and son, 12 and 8-year-old respectively, the thought of seeking a second opinion from a different hospital occurred to her.
It was at this point that the doctors at the second hospital revealed to her that the pain in her pelvis was a result of the work she does which involves standing for long hours.
“I had surgery to remove the warts. Then I went to have another test to check again if truly I had cervical cancer and the results came out negative,” Olivia said.
“I am so much in pain because my husband left me because of these results that were not factual. I just need someone to talk to,” she lamented.