A poverty-stricken mum-of-four has been ravaged by breast cancer after trying to treat the disease with cheap home remedies.
Christina Ombao, 39, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2016 after a lump became painful.
After the diagnosis, Christina’s family were unable to pay the costs of hospital treatment in Sagay City, Philippines , and she decided to stay at home where she used herbal drinks and topical remedies.
Sadly, her condition has worsened. The tumour has eaten away all of her breast tissue and broken through her skin before ballooning to the size of her head.
Christina explained she had chosen to prioritise her children over her health.
She said: “We didn't have enough money for treatment. I had a two-year-old baby at that time.
“All of my time was taken up caring for the baby and the other children. We had not a penny spare to even pay for travelling to the hospital.
“Yes, now I'm in pain. It's uncomfortable and prevents me from sleeping.”
Pictures of Christina taken this month show her using a make-shift wire frame to try protect the exposed tissue.
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