During the pediatric surgery organized by Bintumani D-SL in 2017, a then 9-month-old boy, Mohamed, with a facial deformity was presented to us by the sisters of the NGO “Lion for Lion”. The imaging examinations carried out at Choithram Hospital with ultrasound and computer tomography showed an extensive malformation of the facial bones and meninges, a so-called encephalocele. This encephalocele could not be operated under the existing conditions in Sierra Leone.
We decided to investigate the possibility of an operation in Germany.
After returning to Germany, the images were sent to various neurosurgical clinics/departments and other relief organizations. However, the costs for the operation were very high. Only the organization “Krankenhaus Friedensdorf International” promised a free treatment of the child in Germany at the age of two years. Thus, preparations for the operation in Germany could be initiated at the beginning of 2018.
The formalities in Freetown were handled by our partner, the NGO “Lion for Lion”. This NGO was supported by Dr. Abboud’s “Pikinbizness” for the correspondence with the German Embassy in Ghana for the issuance of the travel visa.
The travel expenses for the child and an accompanying person were financed from the pediatric surgical account of the association “Bintumani D-SL”. Thus the little Mohamed could be brought to Germany on 28.06.2018 and handed over to the “Krankenhaus Friedensdorf International”.
Mohamed was successfully treated in a five-hour operation by neurosurgeons and dental and maxillofacial surgeons. Unfortunately, the malposition of the right eye could not be corrected by an operation.
On 28.09.2018 the child was returned to Sierra Leone accompanied by the chairwoman of “Lion for Lion” Mrs. Brigitte Amara-Dokubo.
The following NGOs were involved in the successful treatment of the child: “Bintumani D-SL, Lion for Lion, Pikinbizness and Krankenhaus Friedensdorf Internationalf.
Our thanks go first and foremost to the NGO “Krankenhaus Friedensdorf International”, which made it possible to mediate the complex and expensive operation.
Dr. Morley Wright
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