Matilda Kamara

Matilda Kamara was crippled by polio as a child. Through the ASI Student Sponsorship program, Africa Surgery is sponsoring Matilda to attend university and obtain certification to teach primary school students. Matilda now runs pre-school sessions for the young children of other polio victims. She had special uniforms made for them by another polio victim and member of their polio community. These children all need to attend regular classes at certified primary schools but are in need of sponsorship because they are the children of disabled parents who cannot afford to pay the required school fees and other school-related costs. 

Matilda Kamara, (in her wheelchair) her teacher’s aid, and her pre-school students. She is hoping for sponsorship help from Africa Surgery donors for her students who now need to start attending classes at a government registered primary school.

It only costs $200 per school year to sponsor a child through ASI’s sponsorship program. This will cover his or her school fees, will supply two school uniforms, one pair of shoes, school books and other supplies. In return all sponsors will receive thank-you letters and one or more photos of their students when I return from my next working visit to Sierra Leone. School starts in September. For more information you can email me at tomandtomjr@msn.com, or call me at 973-292-3320.

Foday Conteh

Foday Conteh, 40, is suffering from an extreme infection in his left jaw which is destroying the jaw- bone’s joint. The infection was probably caused by a decayed tooth. It is not likely that the joint can be salvaged, but we are hoping that the infection can be brought under control through medication and surgery by Dr. Davis, the oral surgeon in Freetown. Foday’s condition is the worst of the eleven patients with abscessed jaws under Africa Surgery’s care. 

For impoverished persons since 2014, ASI has been having slightly-decayed teeth restored through drill-and-fill procedures, and badly decayed teeth extracted by another local oral surgeon at the Government Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone. This program, which averages treatment for over 800 patients per year, not only relieves people of pain but reduces the number of cases that develop from decayed teeth to full blown abscesses such as Foday Conteh’s. 

NEW Caring Crowd Campaign for Mamusu’s Oral Surgery

We are excited to announce our first Caring Crowd campaign to help Mamusu Conteh, age 25, who has been suffering from an abscessed jaw for four years.

We have 43 days to raise $3,000 in order to fund 3 life changing surgeries for Mamusu, performed by Dr. Don Davis. The funds will also go towards assisting Mamusu in raising her two children as a widowed mother.

With every contribution, Johnson & Johnson will generously match your donation up to $250. With their help and yours we have double the opportunity to reach our funding goal!

After her surgeries, Mamusu will be free from pain and able to support her children again. Any donation will help Africa Surgery and Dr. Don Davis provide Masusu and her family a brighter future.

For more information and to donate please visit: https://www.caringcrowd.org/fund-urgent-surgery-sierra-leone-doctor-save-family

Masiray Kamara

Masiray Kamara was born with a congenital kyphoscoliosis, which meant that as she continued to grow, her spine would both twist along its length and bend forward at a point in the middle of her back. By age 9, Masiray was already paralyzed to the point that she could no longer stand on her own without support or without leaning against a wall. Her condition was on track to worsen as she experienced growing spurts throughout adolescence, causing her spine to twist further and leaving her totally disabled. 

In January, 2018, Africa Surgery sent Masiray to Accra, Ghana, where she spent several months in a halo- traction device at the hospital of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) (website: www.orthofocos.org). Masiray then underwent surgery at the FOCOS hospital to straighten and stabilize her spine with implants. She returned to Freetown, Sierra Leone on August 4, 2018. Masiray is again living with her family and will begin attending school for the first time now that her paralysis has been arrested, and her ability to stand and to walk has been restored. 

Yatta Bokarie

In January, it was determined that five-year-old Yatta Bokarie’s tumor-like protrusion on the middle of her face was increasing in size and that it was connected to her brain. Yatta was not seen by us, but had been seen only by Dr. Hans Arndt, a reconstructive-plastic-surgeon visiting Sierra Leone from Germany. While I was still in Sierra Leone, I emailed Yatta’s X-rays and brief medical history to Dr. David Nolen at the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya (www.kijabehospital.org). Dr. Nolen confirmed that the neural surgeons at Kijabe could treat Yatta in Kenya, and Dr. Arndt consented to let Africa Surgery send Yatta there. 

Because Yatta and her family live in a remote village with no cell-phone coverage, they could not be reached by phone, and no one knew the village’s name or where it was. We had messages broadcast over the radio, and within two days Yatta was located. In May, 2018, Yatta was finally sent to Kenya for surgical treatment. Yatta returned to Sierra Leone on August 4, 2018. Her face and her future are much brighter now. 

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