Ponalo Thobega, the ailing Mmopane woman whose story was recently featured in The Voice, has sent out a desperate call for help as her condition deteriorates.
The 35-year old woman, now unable to walk, recently told a heart wrenching story of how she was tortured and given wrong medication by staff at Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital in Lobatse.
She managed to escape and has since reunited with her long lost father and they now stay together in a rented one-roomed house in Mmopane’s Block 1 location.
With a meager income from his supermarket job, Ponalo’s father is the sole bread winner for the pair and with the additional need to pay rent, the two are struggling financially.
Although they are concerned about their food that frequently runs out, especially mid-month, Ponalo’s immediate need is transportation to attend her monthly check up.
“Most of the time we call a cab that charges us P350.00 for a return trip to Princess Marina Hospital. But we hardly have any transport money and when we’re in luck the ambulance comes and takes me to the hospital,” she says as a matter of fact.
On Wednesday, The Voice responded to the young woman’s distress call when she desperately needed to go to the hospital and assisted her with the transportation.
She used to make the trip at least twice a month, but now with her deteriorating condition, she goes to the hospital as frequently as twice every week.
Her biggest wish is to get better and pick up the pieces of her life. To help her, The Voice Lucky Newspaper is asking you, our reader, to activate your copy weekly and contribute towards Ms Thobega’s weekly transport for her treatment.
Simply SMS Lucky followed by the unique number on the front page to make your contribution.
The Voice and Mobile Enterprises will match funds raised weekly. Example: Lucky 12345 (SMS costs P3 across all networks).
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