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Battling the odds

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 09, 2013

BATTLING and overcoming a deadly disease such as Tuberculosis is an accomplishment for 29-year-old Salaseini Motokiliu of Lami who juggled her role as a mother to five children and being a TB patient last year.

When diagnosed in 2011 in Lautoka, her life changed for the worse as she could not believe that such a disease would take a hold of her life, especially at a time when her children needed her most.

Mrs Motokiliu said she was initially in denial but accepted it at some point.

"I was admitted at the Lautoka Hospital in 2011 because I was showing all signs of TB, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, coughing and having night sweats," Mrs Motokiliu said.

"Before that I had visited a doctor in Lami who was only prescribing cough mixtures during my visit so I decided to go to the hospital as my cough had worsened," she said.

It was during a check up at the Lautoka Hospital that her worst fears were confirmed.

"I spent two months at the hospital and my husband and in-laws were looking after the children.

"After my discharge I decided not to take any TB pills because I was feeling better but to my horror, I was re-admitted but this time at Tamavua."

Doctors advised her that re-admittance was necessary because she had not taken her pills, only this time it lasted three months.

"Most of the time I refused to take any sort of medication because swallowing a TB pill was hard for any TB patient and having injections ever day was just painful at times," she said.

"But we had to overcome that in order to survive and most of us are now receiving our certificates because we have overcome those challenges."

Mrs Motokiliu said overcoming TB had given her strength to do the same in obstacles that may come her way.

"Sometimes I would just break down as I couldn't face the fact that I had TB but it was the thought of my children that gave me the strength to overcome this disease," Mrs Motokiliu said.