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Family discrimination contributed to Gloria’s depression and early demise but Gloria died peacefully.

Above is Gloria before she passed on:

In early May, 2016 UGANET lawyer was informed by Mbarara hospice health worker, about Gloria Kyarisiima of Isingiro, who was bed ridden and reportedly not taking her medication. The health worker stated that her condition was deteriorating day by day, and yet she had all the drugs.  The UGANET lawyer visited the patient, counselled her and interviewed her.  She disclosed that when she lost her parents, she grew up with her paternal uncles. Then when she started falling sick her uncles disowned her and isolated her; until she was helped by a Good Samaritan to access Mbarara hospice. That she had spent over 5months in the hospital, but none of her relatives had ever bothered to visit her. At that moment, her CD4 count was 4, and she had spent about 2 weeks without taking any of her medication.

“………………I abandoned my medication mainly because of too much worries and bad memories of hate by my relatives and more so due to worries about my only child whom I  left behind with my cruel Uncles  that disowned me”. She said she rarely sleeps and no longer minds about the physical pain but what was paining her most was the isolation and mistreatment that she underwent orchestrated by her relatives and possible mistreatment that her child was undergoing.

The lawyer comforted her, counselled her about her right to life and how the challenges of the child were going to be handled by UGANET. Later, the UGANET lawyer contacted the Uncles and the father of the child and counseled them. The Uncles appreciated UGANET’s concern, started visiting and bringing food to Gloria at the hospice and they agreed to release the child to the father for improved care. They seem to have remained with the child to get some money (compensation) from the child’s father but after UGANET’s intervention, they agreed to release the child to the father. Gloria (patient) could not believe the change of heart by relatives who even started visiting her and especially allowing to release the child to the father.  These positive steps were very impactful in her life, she regained her smiles though in great pain, she slowly improved from depression and all these gave her hope to life. She started saying that she was ready to die after all her child was in safe hands and her relatives seem to have ‘forgiven’ her though she could not tell why they had discriminated her in the first place. She resumed her medication and eating some food. Unfortunately, due to low immunity and malnutrition associated with depression, she had developed multiple infections that affected her heart functions and this contributed to her demise a month later. Gauging from the last visit, Gloria died in dignity, peacefully and happily courtesy of the holistic approach. Had she accessed holistic services early in her social struggles; Gloria could possibly be alive.

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