Santigi Sesay, 7, lives in a small village in Sierra Leone. He has been suffering from an infection of his left jaw, resulting from a decayed tooth. He stayed with relatives in Freetown, the capital city, for almost two months to undergo oral surgery. The decayed bone was removed and the infection was brought under control.
We hope that in a few months he will be fully recovered and able to eat solid foods again. When he and his Mom stopped by to greet me after his the procedure, he was unable to enjoy his beloved hard candy. He was sad! Hopefully that will change soon!
Jackson Kamara, 72, was almost blind when he came to us. We took Jackson to the Baptist Eye hospital in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, where he had cataract surgery in his right eye on March 1 and to his left eye on March 4.
I went to visit him on March 5. He had regained vision in his right eye and he told us: “I am very, very happy.” As soon as his left eye patch is removed, he will see clearly from both eyes.
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.