Kamara with World Pediatric Project volunteers
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Recently, one more child benefited from your generosity!
The largest, most complicated case completed on World Pediatric Project's recent surgical and diagnostic trip to St. Vincent & the Grenadines was a complete hip disarticulation performed by Drs. Woods and Tuten on 15-year-old Kamara. Kamara and her mother first traveled to the U.S. in 2006 for treatment of a neurofibromatosis growth on her leg. In 2010 the tumor returned aggressively and was threatening her life. After seeking consult from all of her Richmond physicians, amputation was the consensus.
On Monday of the mission, Dr. Woods and Dr. Tuten performed a long procedure to remove Kamara’s leg at the hip joint and do their best to remove the tumor that had spread into her pelvis. After only 2 days in recovery, Kamara was up, moving around, and learning how to maneuver on one leg with her crutches. Past World Pediatric Project patient Aaron spent time visiting with Kamara and providing encouragement and words of support. Kamara continues to recover in the hospital and inspires all around her with her strength, optimism and determination.
Kamara recovers from life-saving surgery