Medical Aid Brings Relief for This Young Gaza Woman
Donated medicine helps treat stubborn stomach ulcers
Haya, a young woman from Gaza City, has lived with stomach ulcers for four years. The condition causes her terrible stomach pain. Truth be told, sometimes it feels like it has taken over her life.
She began losing weight and experienced frequent nausea and vomiting. “Her face was always yellow and her teeth started falling out,” her mother, Sumaya, says. Now 21 years old, she weighs a mere 77 lbs (35 KG).
Although she has undergone a number of tests, doctors have never been able to definitively diagnose her case. She even underwent surgery in Israel, but, much to her disappointment, her symptoms continued unabated.
Finally, doctors prescribed lansoprazole, which is prescribed to prevent and treat stomach ulcers and related ailments. Haya has been taking three pills each day. It’s not a cure but the medicine has helped treat her ulcers and manage her symptoms.
Haya comes from an economically vulnerable family. Her father is unemployed and cannot find work of any kind in the terrible economy that has endured for years in Gaza. The family relies on nonprofit medical clinics like Al Huda Medical Center to obtain medicine.
“Donated medicine is so appreciated because, without it, we would suffer twice,” Sumaya says. “Once from the illness itself, and again from the lack of medicine.”
“We are so thankful. The medicine is a life-saver. If it wasn't available, what would I do then? Praise to all those who help us,” Sumaya says.
Lansoprazole 15mg oral disintegration tablets are indicated for treatment of indigestion, stomach ulcers, heartburn and acid reflux and gastroesophageal-reflux-disease. Lansoprazole is also sometimes used to treat a rare illness called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, caused by a tumour in the pancreas or gut.