Salieu before surgery
When Salieu Kamara, 25, first came to Africa Surgery in November 2016, his face and mouth were badly deformed by a four-year old tumor.
No surgeon or facility in Sierra Leone had the equipment and materials to remove the tumor and properly reconstruct his face and jaws.
Salieu is one of seven patients with various types of facial and neck tumors who could not be treated in Sierra Leone. We sent them to the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya in May. Six of them, including Salieu, have undergone surgical removal of their tumors, with great success. The seventh has had five reconstructive surgical treatments following the removal of her massive tumor. Hopefully she will be discharged soon.
Salieu after surgery
Fati Mansaray, age 10, before surgical treatment to her spine.
Fati Mansaray developed a deformity in her spine when she was about four years old.
Fati Mansaray in March 2016, three months after spinal surgery by FOCOS in Ghana.
She was then abandoned by her parents but was taken in by her maternal grandmother. Fati’s deformity was due to a tuberculosis infection which developed after she was exposed to someone coughing with TB of the lungs. Fati was about nine years old when we found her. We had her medically treated to eradicate any TB she might still have. Then in July 2015, because Ebola was still lingering in Sierra Leone, we quarantined Fati for 21 days, along with 16 other patients in need of spinal or joint replacement surgery, before sending them to the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) hospital in Ghana. There Fati was placed in a halo traction device for more than six months, to stretch her spine until it became straight enough for surgery to be done safely. Fati, now age 11, is completing her recovery back in her grandmother’s village in Sierra Leone. Her spine is now straight, and she is free from pain and from the danger of becoming paralyzed. Besides Fati, 16 other patients were also treated in Ghana, and all but one, who needs extensive treatment for a bone infection, are now recovering back in Sierra Leone.
Schools have been reopened in Sierra Leone and Africa Surgery has more than 100 students from impoverished families, like this boy, seeking help with the cost of their education. Africa Surgery wants to help as many children as possible learn to read, write, and do arithmetic.
Her legs were paralyzed by polio when she was a child. Mayateh Kamara uses a hand lever to power a treadle sewing machine at an Africa Surgery skills-training program.
Alhaji Samura, age 4, is one of six patients with one or two club feet. We scheduled her for surgical correction when the German orthopedic doctor team returns to Sierra Leone in November.