The National Unity Platform (NUP) head of Legal Department Anthony Wameli is battling stage four cancer.
Wameli, who has been battling on and off abdominal complications in the past few months, was diagnosed with colon cancer alias bowel cancer by the doctors at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts in the United States of America where he has been hospitalized since September 2021.
According to Uganda Radio Network-URN, this is the second time since this year started that the human rights Advocate is being admitted to Boston. He was first admitted between June and July 2021.
Hospitalised Wameli told the local media outlet that in June thorough biopsies were done but it is only recently when doctors confirmed that he had stage four cancer.
Stage four colon cancer occurs when cancer spreads to other tissue and organs such as the liver. It may also reach the lungs, the lymph nodes, or the lining of the abdominal cavity. Wameli says that he has since commenced treatment and is responding well.
Asked how he is coping with the bills overseas, Wameli noted that it was a little bit bearable when he was doing tests to identify the problem. “As for the bills, I am meeting them with the help of family, relatives and well-wishers. It’s difficult to estimate how much has so far been spent and what is expected to be spent but one thing is for sure, skyrocketing of the bill is expected,” Wameli told URN.
He also revealed that he applied for an emergency visa for his wife Olive Wameli about a month ago from the American Embassy but the process has dragged on.
On September 10 2021, the Uganda Law Society-ULS named Wameli as the criminal defence lawyer of the year. The ULS Annual General Meeting also voted Wameli and Company Advocates, which employs eight Advocates as the law firm of the year.
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