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Man finds “silver lining” of wife’s cancer in A&K Global Health

Jan 11, 2017 / A&K Global Health

“Every cloud has a silver lining,” reads the title of a moving testimonial letter we recently received from the husband of one of our patients.

“As the saying goes, there is something valuable in every situation,” begins Reverend Gilbert Gathura’s letter. “I wish to register my overwhelming joy in the midst of copying with the challenges of my ailing spouse.” A&K Global Health has been managing breast cancer treatment for Rev. Gilbert’s wife, Maina Wambui, for the past year.

“I am greatly humbled by the Kenyan and Indian governments for their concerted effort in facilitating cancer patients traveling to India for specialized treatment. As a beneficiary, [I was accorded] world-class healthcare and hospitality at Bangalore City’s Manipal Hospital. I am at a loss for words to appreciate the massive support my wife and I received.

“I am indebted to the Chief Executive Officer of A&K Global Health and his team, [who] facilitated our travel bookings and made payments to the hospital. Their excellent general care while in Nairobi, Mumbai, and Bangalore has and will continue to linger in our minds.

“It is worth mentioning the tremendous contribution of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). This government initiative has not only brought hope to many sick Kenyans but also subsidized treatments of chronic illnesses.

“I must commend the Indian Premier [for his] pledges to assist and partner with Kenya in improving medical infrastructure and personnel. This engagement is yet another milestone Kenya is marking in its efforts [against] chronic disease. Economic development is only realized when citizens are healthy. Kenyans are waiting with bated breath to find their loved ones treated in Kenya.”

Rev. Gilbert’s list of silver linings has grown. Just days after delivering this letter to our Nairobi office, his wife made her third trip to Manipal with A&K Global Health, where she learned that her cancer is not progressing and she has no further need for chemotherapy. And even as Maina returned home to Kenya, where we’ll continue to support her, the NHIF and A&K Global Health kicked off a new program to provide cardiac surgeries locally in Kenya – an initiative that goes right to the heart of Rev. Gilbert’s call for further collaboration between the Indian and Kenyan healthcare systems, in a way that both improves health outcomes and builds national healthcare capacity.

Today more than ever before, A&K Global Health is dedicated to expanding healthcare access, affordability, and quality within national borders, in Kenya and in every country where we work. Learn how our support could be the silver lining to your medical challenge: contact us today.

In the photograph above: A&K Global Health patient Maina Wambui, left, and her attendant Wangombe Waithira, right, depart Manipal Hospital in Bangalore, India with joyful hearts after learning that Maina’s breast cancer is stable and not spreading. Maina’s husband, Reverend Gilbert Gathura, had written a touching testimonial letter to A&K Global Health about his family’s experience being in our care just shortly before they received this wonderful news.

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