Jacqui Gathumbi, 38 years old, collapsed while she was 7 months pregnant. She became distant and unaware of her surroundings, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. One month before it was surgically removed in Oct 2013 she gave birth to her daughter Angel. It took the removal of the tumor at Kijabe Hospital for Jacqui to regain her awareness and even know she had given birth. After the operation she underwent 27 sessions of radiotherapy to kill the remaining 1% of the tumor. The Faraja Cancer Support Trust, a charitable trust founded in 2010 with the mission to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families by providing information, emotional and practical support, counselling, and complimentary therapies to cancer patients and their carers.
This image is part of an on-going personal project looking at the rise of cancer in Africa, that it is not just a stereo-typical western disease but because of diet, stress and environmental changes it is now very much now becoming a part of African life.
Photographer Georgina Goodwin. Copyright 2014 Georgina Goodwin. All Rights Reserved.