The former Archbishop of Uganda is seeking financial assistance to pay for cancer surgery.
The former Archbishop of Uganda is seeking financial assistance to pay for cancer surgery. In November the Most Rev. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo flew to London with his wife Ruth seeking treatment for esophageal cancer. However, his family was unable to raise the £60,000 requested by the hospital to cover his hospitalization costs, and the archbishop is currently waiting at his son’s house in London for his family and friends to raise the money.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo served as Primate of the Anglican Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004 and shepherded the church through the political tumult following the country’s return to democracy.
Mr. Isaac Nkoyoyo, the archbishop’s son, last week posted an update on the WhatsApp social media platform that his father had met the surgeon who would be performing the surgery. “The rough estimate is between £50,000 and £60,000. Most of the cost is to cover hospitalisation for a couple of weeks. Time is of the essence,” he said.
In response to a query from Anglican Ink seeking confirmation that the archbishop’s fundraising appeal was genuine, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali wrote:
Yes it is true that retired Archbishop Livingstone is sick and was flown to London recently for medication. The story is very true because it is from one of the members of his family. Fundraising is going on in London and here. The Diocese of Kampala has so far raised over 20 million [Ugandan Shillings] to support his medication. The government is considering to give some financial help towards his treatment. The main problem is cancer of the esophagus and he will undergo chemotherapy. He needs our prayers. Mama Ruth accompanied him.
The archbishop’s family has launched a funding appeal through GoFundMe. The “Archbishop’s Medical Fund” appeal states:
The family and friends of the retired Archbishop of Uganda Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo are trying to raise funds to cater for his medical expenses. The Archbishop became ill around November, and he’s going to require emergency surgery in London. Without medical insurance, each and every expense is falling to the family
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The website address for the fundraising appeal is: https://www.gofundme.com/archbishops-medical-fund