When Esther Tenneh Sesay, now age 16, first came to us in 2016, her spine was deforming due to a tuberculosis infection caused by a kyphosis fracture of her spine. She was in pain, and her legs were already paralyzed to the point where she could only stand with the support of her mother. On October 15 , Esther returned to our base in Freetown with her older sister.
Now out of pain, Esther wanted to show us how she is able to stand on her own while she even lent some pretense support to her healthy sister. Africa Surgery had sent Esther and funded her treatment at the hospital of the Foundation of Orthopedics and complex Spine (FOCOS, www.orthofocos.org) in Accra, Ghana. There Esther underwent halo traction treatment and multiple surgeries. She has regained most of her neural function and is on track for a full recovery. Esther is one of 13 patients sent in 2018 by Africa Surgery to FOCOS in Ghana for successful complex spinal surgery.
David Dominic Grant, 16, has been living with an unrelated guardian since becoming an orphan in his early childhood. David is a hard-working student who always ranks first or second in his class standing. David’s guardian is a primary school teacher who, like many teachers in Sierra Leone, does not receive a salary because the government has not yet registered her as certified, and this after eight years of voluntary work. She can only get money by doing private tutoring or selling goods in the market.
For the past several years, through Africa Surgery’s student-sponsorship program, David has been getting support for his schooling from husband-and-wife donors in America. Africa Surgery had already been paying the rent on the small house shared by David and his guardian. But David has often attended class on an empty stomach. So, recognizing that “an empty bag cannot stand,” we began to subsidize his feeding with extra funds provided by his generous sponsors. David is one of over 100 students receiving help to attend school through our student-sponsorship program.
Salay Kanu, age 35, first came to us in March with pus draining onto her swollen lower right jaw from an open sinus, a painful condition she had been suffering with for three months.
She came again on October 30, with a big grin on her face, this time just to say thank you. Salay is one of 34 patients suffering with abscessed jaws whom Africa Surgery had surgically treated in 2018, some needing multiple surgeries, all needing long regimens of medication.
Africa Surgery had tumors excised from jaws, faces, and necks of 17 patients in 2018. The oral surgeon in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was able to do four of these procedures. Thirteen more serious cases were sent to the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya (www.kijabehospital.org) where the tumors were removed and reconstructive surgery performed for some.
Fulamusu Kabia, 35, has had a glandular tumor growing by her right jaw for 15 years. Up until recently, the tumor has not caused her any significant pain, however as the tumor’s growth-rate increases, her pain continues to grow. This is a condition that can only get worse.
Africa Surgery has found a surgeon capable of helping Fulamusu in Freetown, Sierra Leone. But we need to raise $2,000 to cover the cost of the cat-scan, surgery, medications and follow-up care needed to relieve her from her torment.
Three patients are recovering at our guest house in Sierra Leone. They were treated by a visiting surgical team from the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, with the help of Africa Surgery funding .
The two young men are keeping their legs elevated to prevent swelling after having had skin grafts. These were needed to ensure healing of massive sores caused by infections from 14-15 months ago. The boy had a bone tumor in his finger removed and will again be able to use his hand almost normally.
We are a unique organization in that we use 100% of of the funds donated here for the medical and surgical care of Sierra Leonean children and adult patients. No part of these funds go for administrative costs.
In Sierra Leone, simple surgeries cost slightly over $100. No donation is too small. Every dollar counts.
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