Man Battling Scrotal Elephantiasis Appeals For Fund

Thirty years ago, Ojok Thomas was a normal  healthy boy growing up in his home village of Areaga in Laroo Division,  Gulu municipality. 

At 13, Ojok developed what doctors say is a cardiac complication which gradually grew into scrotal hydrocele.


Several attempts to help Ojok undergo surgical operation at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and Mulago Hospital failed, since the family could not raise the shs3m required for the procedure.

Ojok’s father Mr. Komakech Abwoch; a former civil servant says that the family is poverty stricken and not able to help their son undergo surgical operation.

Komakech says that, “People insult us a lot and his friends shame him in public,  so we hide him inside the house to keep him away from abuse and shame. All because of no money, we have given up any hope.”

He says that due to the failure to relieve Ojok of his pain, he is grieved and feels betrayed by his country, because after years of giving so much in tax, the least he would have expected would have been free treatment for his family.

The medical result established that Ojok has lymphedema on both his legs and thickening of the skin which developed into a groin hydrocele.

Komakech has appealed for help from the government or health specialists to rescue his son who has since dropped out of school.

Ojok’s mother, Filder Ayet who described Ojok as a lovely son, who was born a  normal child from St Mary’s Hospital Lacor.

“The doctors in Mulago told us it needed seven hours and several doctors to carry the operation,” Ayet says “life became difficult without sign of working on him so we left the hospital.”

Ayet believes that the illness on her son was a curse from God and wished God could cure him.

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