Family seeks assistance for youngest Belizean lymphoma patient

By Ingrid Fernandez
Staff Reporter

The Bowden family from San Pedro Town is seeking public assistance for their 13-year-old son, Sean Bowden, the youngest Mediastinal Lymphoma patient in Belize who is hospitalized at the Pediatric Intesive Care Unit (PICU) of the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

“When they told me about the tumor, I felt a shock. I don’t want to loose my son”, said Heidy Nah, Bowden’s mother.

Nah, who works as a housekeeper at “Las Terrazas” in San Pedro, has been off work since they arrived at the KHMH, leaving Bowden’s father to manage all expenses.
The family is having a raffle and Bar-B-Q in San Pedro town this Saturday to help raise funds. Roxanne Williams, a family friend, and Sean Bowden Sr. can be reached at 615-3884 and 607-3818, respectively. Anyone interested in assisting the family can make a contribution to Belize Bank account number: 670-022-286-354.
Sean was diagnosed with Medistinial Lyphoma last week Friday after a week of suffering pain to the right side of his chest. A tumor pushing into his right lung has been identified. The arresting pain started the previous Saturday when the family was on their way to church.

His condition worsened and was taken to the Dr. Otto Polyclinic in San Pedro Town where he underwent testing. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, prescribed medication and later discharged.

By Tuesday his conditioned had deteriorated even more and he was unable to eat. He was taken back to the Polyclinic where after more tests, they identified anomalies in his lungs and the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) immediately flew him by air ambulance to the KHMH.

There, after X-rays and a CT-scan were done, doctors identified liquid and puss in his lungs. On Friday they performed a biopsy and the tumor was discovered.
The priority for the doctors at the KHMH is to keep Bowden stable in order for him to be flown abroad to receive treatment since treatment for this rare cancer cannot be provided in Belize.

According to Dr. Adrian Coye, the Belize Cancer Society is lobbying for Sean to receive treatment at a hospital in Merida, Mexico that deals with children’s cancer.
Friends of the family are also lobbying for him to receive treatment at St. Jude’s Hospital in Minnesota, United States of America (USA).

The standard six student at San Pedro Roman Catholic School was preparing to take the Primary School Examination next year. He plays football as goal keeper and loves Math, his mother said, adding that he wants to be a banker when he grows up.

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