Mwape Mubanga with his son Joseph Mubanga showing the affected part that has been attacked by unknown disease. PICTURE: RACKSON SHAMUTUKU
Mwape Mubanga with his son Joseph Mubanga showing the affected part that has been attacked by unknown disease. PICTURE: RACKSON SHAMUTUKU

A TWO-YEAR Old boy Joseph Mubanga is agonizing in pain and discomfort from unknown disease that affected him few months after birth.

Mubanga has a strange illness that has been growing in his back suspected to be a tuma tumor disease.

Something just started like a pimple six months after birth and became difficult to treat.

His father Mwape Mubanga 35, a peasant farmer in chief Shibuchinga’s area along Solwezi road narrated that he is filled with grief every time he realizes the agony that his son was passing through.

“I have never rested since my son started suffering from this illness and I have been too many places seeking solutions but no avail” Mr Mubanga said.

Mr Mubanga a father of five including Joseph a fifth born child narrated how his son started suffering.

He said six months after birth in 2013 that a small pimple developed at the back of his son and thought it was just a simple thing which could finish on its own, but continued growing.

After realizing that it was not finishing and continue growing Mr Mubanga took his son to Muchinshi health center in Solwezi North Western Province for treatment.

Mr Mubanga said doctors from Muchinshi health center referred him to take his son to Arthur Devision Hospital (ADH) in Ndola.

He said by then his wife who died in 2014 a year later after Joseph was born was still alive.

“My son was admitted at ADH for three months, but to my surprise for three occasions when doctors attempted to conduct operations on him could not workout, because he was becoming ill and doctors could not proceed the operation but to suspend and book for another day and all fails to workout” Mr Mubanga said.

Though it fails to work out Mr Mubanga did not end there, but also took his son to Chinese doctors at Gomes Hospital in Kasumbalesa.

He said Chinese doctors asked him to pay K3,700 to conduct operations on his son, but he did not have such amount of money to allow his son operated.

“When I went back home I opted to take my son to Mutenda clinic near my home place so that he can be only given pain killers because it is too painful that boys whole night, but doctors at Mutenda clinic also referred me to University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka for operations” He said.

“I’m appealing to the Government, Organization, Non-Governmental Organizations and well wishers to help me financially that my son can be taken to Lusaka for treatment may be he can get well by God grace through successful operations” Mr Mubanga said.

Those who wish to stretch hands to help Joseph to go for treatment can contact: 0968 525535 or author’s contact numbers: 0967-634923/0955-893032

Mwape Mubanga with his son Joseph Mubanga showing the affected part that has been attacked by unknown disease. PICTURE: RACKSON SHAMUTUKU
Mwape Mubanga with his son Joseph Mubanga showing the affected part that has been attacked by unknown disease. PICTURE: RACKSON SHAMUTUKU
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23 COMMENTS

  1. This looks like a case of neurofibromatosis, given the history.
    May be confirmed by biopsy of the same lesion.
    Biopsy may be done even in Solwezi or Ndola and sent to UTH Lusaka.

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    • I can bet my life that money spent on flying someone for Achalasia review to SA could be enough to build diagnostic capacity in country to help treat such babies. He is so cute. Really pains my heart when politicians fail to see the needs of society

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    • Lungu where are you? As president you are supposed to show your caring side by digging deeper in your pocket and sponsor that kid to SA or UK for an operation.

      Mr Mubanga if PF does not help you dont vote for them because all they know is using your tax to send their own families abroad for treatment while ignoring you who voted for them.

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    • SO, IF THAT’S THE CASE WHY IS IT NAMED AS UNKNOWN DISEASE? SURELY, THAT CAN’T BE SOME UNKNOWN DISEASE. THAT TO ME LOOKS CURABLE ESPECIALLY THAT IT’S A CHILD WITH HIGH LEVELS OF RECOVERY ABILITY. I AM PRETTY SURE THE PARENTS OF THIS CHILD HAVE VISITED MEDICAL CENTRES SO MANY TIMES AND TO NO HELP. DOCTORS DON’T EVEN RECOMMEND REFERRAL TO KITWE AND NDOLA CENTRAL HOSPITALS OR UTH. IF OUR DOCTORS FAIL TO CURE ANYTHING APART FROM MALARIA- WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO CURE? SUPPOSING IT WERE A DOCTOR’S CHILD WAS IT STILL GOING TO BE A ‘UNKNOWN DISEASE’? MULEBAKO SERIOUS PA ZAMBIA.

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  2. This is a very sad development and government should come in and help. Had it been a minister’s child even a simple headache they are flown abroad not with their own money but using tax payers. why cant the same thing happen to this poor child

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  3. I agree with Tissue pathologist. The history, age and location of the mass are significant. Robiana Muteka had a similar tumor. Unfortunately he died because it was left too late.

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  4. The poor kid! This is what makes me angry! We are all Zambians, no? Can the government evacuate him to SA, please? I am sure there is an open Zambian account at the clinic where “everybody” is sent to. He is a human being and very worth it!

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  5. That is not big money, Edgar Lungu can afford that without wasting much time. Why do we let our own people suffer to this extent. We need to have a way to take care of such issues without people going public for such little money. Imagine how many people are dying because they cannot afford to pay for an operation anyway in the country. Let that child be admitted in hospital and provide an account where we can make contributions!

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    • Why HH indeed? The man in power is Lungu. Please ask your humble ifintu in Lungu to help this child.

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  6. @jinko

    Why HH and Lungu the president? So you only want HH to solve problems created by PF so that your stupid president Lungu barks in the glory after wards like he hid after instructing his stooges to demolish people ‘s houses in Kitwe.

    Nothing has done for the good of the people since he came to power.

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  7. unfortunately the account is for politicians and their families and not the ordinary voters like Mubanga.Politicians can watch you die without help, thats how nasty they are. So Zambians open your eyes

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  8. Ine mulampapusha we have some of the richest men even a way richer than lungu who are saying that they want to serve the people. this is there opportunity to show us that they are really willing to work for the people. The government should help but lungu is just a human who cant know everything happening in the country lets try to real.

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    • No, you are very correct.

      Lungu is much too busy campaigning to worry about sick kids!

      And when this child dies he will say he is no to blame. It’s natural or it’s global!

      That is these PF hypocrites!

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  9. The child should be treated at our public hospitals without question or delay.

    It is criminal of our hospitals not to treat this child.

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  10. God Bless little Joseph for his bravery. May He look upon Joseph with favour and Heal Him according to his Will.

    That growth and the history of it seems to say it is a Tumour. There are instances of it in many places in the world. Documentaries have followed stories like Joseph’s. May the Father be strengthened to cope courageously with this.

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  11. SURELY, WHEN OUR OWN DOCTORS FAIL TO CURE SOME OF THESE DISEASES IT SHOULD BE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO RECOMMEND A SUITABLE TREATMENT WITH MORE QUALIFIED DOCTORS. INSTEAD OF JUST SENDING A PATIENT HOME AND FORGET ABOUT IT AS IF THEY HAVE TREATED THE PATIENT AND THE PROBLEM DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE. IT IS VERY F00LISH FOR OUR DOCTORS TO JUST FORGET ABOUT A PROBLEM WHICH THEY HAVE FAILED TO SOLVE.

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  12. Zambian journalism is pathetic really pathetic. How can people who can’t communicate be in the industry? What is this? “Mubanga has a strange illness that has been growing in his back”
    And this: “After realizing that it was not finishing…”
    And this quote must be a lie
    “My son was admitted at ADH for three months, but to my surprise for three occasions when doctors attempted to conduct operation. …..”

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  13. LT when you are publishing such articles at least yourselves or a reliable NGO be asked to be the main contact merely publishing numbers of strangers doesn’t help matters; be specific of what the requirements are and what assistance is needed …how do we know that the required figure has been met? 50 people can call that number and send $100 each will the person the end of the line say no more??

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