Mariama Koroma was born under less-than-adequate conditions, with no trained midwife. The delivery left her with a large umbilical hernia. At age 2 and ½ Mariama stopped walking after her spine developed a kyphosis deformity, caused by a tuberculosis infection that paralyzed her legs.
After an Africa Surgery-sponsored six-months regimen of anti-TB medications, her spine stabilized and stopped paining her. She began to walk again last July. But her hernia was still a constant source of discomfort and some pain, and the danger of it strangulating and ending her life was always there.
Africa Surgery paid for Mariama’s hernia surgery at the Holy Spirit Hospital in November. She is now out of pain and ready to go on with her life.