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Tracking the continued progress of a young HIV patient in Uganda

Last year I reported on some of these forums about the initial progress of a young girl in Uganda who had HIV and other health issues.  Many people have asked for updates on how she is doing, so here is the report of her progress from a Ugandan Ministry of Health official via his emails:

E-mails from Dr Grace Nambatya, Director of Research, Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Laboratory, Ministry of Health, Uganda.

20 Sept

I've read about the work done on Sutherlandia.opc and would like to get an opportunity to access this wonderful product. I am also a researcher who cherishes natural products as opposed to the toxic allopathic medicine. I have a patient whose CD4 count is 133. Please do help me by giving me information regarding how I can order that product. How I could make the payment, etc... 

22 Sept 09

My patient is an eleven year old desperate child whom I wouldn't want to put on the nasty toxic ARV's. I am a chemist by training in the area of synthetic medicine and later on got a PHD in herbal medicine. I am so sceptical about toxicity of ARV's. I am waiting to hear from you soonest and God bless you. In …..  I am in charge of the only research Institution for herbal medicine in the Ministry of Health. So if your medicine works like I know it will I will engage the Institution into getting it to many more patients to support your research work.

26 Sept 09

My patient is really badly off.  Is there any chance you could use DHL to expedite the process. I am so grateful for your timely response.

27 Sept 09

Thank you so much for the timely response because it seems my very first response never came through and I was getting worried. It seems you are going to be my girl's rescuer for she is deteriorating by the day due to the chronic cough that has defied all medicines (strongest antibiotics ) you can ever think of. I am so afraid of PCP !!!!  When do you think I would receive them [the S/OPC capsules] if sent from that end on Monday? Forgive my anxiety but I am telling you if this girl pulls through this is going to be great testimony for your work.

29 Sept 09

I am here eagerly waiting for my parcel. I have tracked it and it is still on its way. This morning my patient woke up with difficult breathing, headache, stomach ache, and I really panicked. I took heart and gave her an antimalarial herbal and Diclofenac to let her go through her exams. Later on I took her for CD4 count evaluation and will brief you of the current results. By the time she starts on your product she will have a benchmark.


I've just received the results of the girl as shown below
CD4 = 98 cells / cmm
CD8 = 948 cells/cmm
CD3 = 1224
WBC 8.75
RBC 4.73
HGB 11.7

She looks very weak. With that CD4 so low, is there any chance of pulling it up. I pray the medicine comes by Wednesday without fail.

2 Oct 09

I've just received your message of the package delivery signed for by my colleague. I happened to have gone about 300 miles away from my home District. I traveled back last night and as I was left with 150 KM to home, I got a phone call informing me informing me that my little patient was badly off, breathing with a lot of difficulty almost passing out!! Personally on getting that call I almost passed out for I was still so far away late at night with no way to rush to the girl. Eventually they treated her for Malaria (Quinine Drip) and as I talk she is better.

4 Oct 09

Thank you so much, I at last got the parcel and the girl has already started on the dosage. She started with the one cap as recommended, then two caps yesterday and today she is to continue per your recommendation. As I communicated last she had been compromised with a very high fever and without confirming the condition was assumed to be Malaria and She was put on Quinine drip and Duocoatem to follow afterwards in the hospital where she was admitted in my absence. She was also given ampiclox. Do you think Sutherlandia OPC will be strong enough to influence immunity to be able to fight that high level of the virus cause when I looked at the info you sent me, it seems as if the viral levels dealt with so far are mainly those above 200. Mine is 98, please advise.

5 Oct 09

The girl is fairly fine. She started on S/OPC on Saturday 03 / 10 / 09 when She was really in bad shape regarding the cough . She started with one, following day had two then one times three. To tell you the truth I've never in life known a cough so insensitive to any drug whatsoever!!! I hope I live to tell this story to the sick girl. Currently She has some slight improvement. This evening as I put her to bed, I noted that the cough was getting a little bit less wet and painful. The sound was that of slight improvement. She mentioned to me that she had a stomach ache, I didn't know whether this was the anticipated diarrhea for yesterday I gave her a little dose (One tablespoon) of fibre (Psyllium husks) to improve her bowel movement. She hates the stuff though.

8 Oct 09

Apart from some complaints of stomach upset now and again, the girl is visibly improving.

14 Oct 09

The girl is doing very well. I am even scared that the devil will hear me say this so I am tight lipped about it!!! I wish I could have an opportunity to talk to you on phone. It is unbelievable!!!!  Is it true She might just continue on the recovery course? Could it be she might be normal again. She is not so good at taking the Whey protein because she imagines it to be milk which she doesn't like to the extent that yesterday she vomited and she attributed it to that product (though for me I thought her stomach pain subsided after that).

15 Oct 09

The Girl is fine and so happy in a way I haven't witnessed in a long time!! The cough, though still there, has improved greatly.

17 Oct 09

My Girl is doing well just that the cough seems to be coming again though she is on Septrin double strength. (I informed her that the Septrin is working against my suggested protocol and should be discontinued immediately).

23 Oct 09

(By phone message) Melissa – the girl’s name – is fine.

27 Oct 09

Good News!!!! I repeated the CD4 count and it was 144 up from 98 !!! in 24 days. Got the results yesterday and I was extremely happy and amazed. I don't know how to thank you but would like to continue collaborating with you regarding this research agenda as long as it can benefit humanity.

The girl physically looks very ok I can see life bouncing back in her and the Dad is also very happy and amazed.

09 Nov 09

The girl is fine and I am hopeful the cough will keep going.

16 Jan 10

Its been quite a while but I've been on the move all the time in burial ceremonies due to many people dying. This is the usual trend in Uganda when the new year comes.

Melissa has been fairly fine until of recent when she developed a very sore breast which almost made my heart jump out speculating the condition to be breast cancer. My sister who happens to be a medical doctor diagnosed her and relieved me by indicating that due to the prolonged cough it could be a cross infection from the cough into some ducts of her breast. She prescribed cloxacillin and brufen and good enough She is responding for the breast swelling seems to be receding. She has fairly responded to Cloxacillin regarding the status of the breast, the cough is still strong and I am puzzled to the fact that cough can be that persistent. What other antibiotic could you advise about for the cough?

The good news in all this is that when I got a check up of her CD4 count (three and a half months since Sutherlandia therapy started)  the count was 149 cells/cmm, CD8 = 1550 CELLS/CMM AND CD4 : CD8 Ratio = 0.1  CD3 = 1935 cells/cmm. Remember the baseline as of 1st October was CD4 98 cells/cmm : CD8 = 948 CELLS/cmm and CD4 : CD8 RATIO WAS 0.1.

I must say she got fatigued and didn't take her Sutherlandia OPC almost for three weeks (during the festive season). I've now started her again on the medicine (S/OPC with NAC mixture - 1x2). Now the challenge is the cough.

Melissa once in a while feels sharp pain within the whole length of the right hand inner bone of her leg. I am going to try the Castor oil therapy you informed me about.

29 Jan 10

Melissa’s school is going for a trip to some of our industries because this year she is a Primary Seven candidate. I am glad to mention that she seems fit for the trip and looking forward to it.
25 March 10
Melissa is a lot better the cough has gone down a lot. I am so happy.
15 May 10
Melissa is sailing through. I have adamantly resisted putting her on ARV's inspite of the intense pressure to do so. I've been able to trick all those who were pressing for ARV's and Melissa hasn't been put on ARV's yet. The trick I've been using is always to inform them that we need to first confirm that the girl has no TB and that its better we get all opportunistic infections cleared. Since these would sometimes require culture and sensitivity this would take us through yet another week. That’s how I've managed to push ARV's away praying that the immunity shoots up in the process. Melissa's last CD4 Count when seriously sick was 154 and the CD4 / CD8 was 0.1. Currently she is ok. A culture and sensitivity test revealed : Pseudomonas aeruginosa and some Gram positives. Though the cough is still there but not so bad. She has a healthy appetite and she is robust.
Below is the picture of her lab results from culture and sensitivity
Appearance : Mucoid
ZN Stain : Pus cells (+++) seen
No AFBs seen
Gram Stain Gram negative bacilli (++) seen
Gram positive cocci (+) seen
Pus cells (+++) seen
No Vincent organisms nor yeast cells seen
Culture: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (+++) isolated
23 May 10
Melissa has just left for school and she looks OK. Tremendously better. I've not heard her cough this morning.
24 June 2010 
Melissa is very fine. The Cough stopped completely and I still regard the whole thing as a miracle. I put her on a drug holiday for almost three weeks now. She is not on any medication whatsoever. She is very active and gaining weight because of a very healthy appetite. CD4 count two weeks ago was 159. Still low but better than 98 in October last year. Thanks to Sutherlandia OPC and a Chinese herbal which stopped the cough in only five days.
God has used you to be the saviour of my child. God bless you.


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