We have made 9 surgeries on children since our last report in March. The included intestinal obstructions, complicated hernias, perforated Typhoid and Spina Bifida.
This is our final report for our project Life-saving Surgeries for 24 children in S.E. Nigeria. In total we have made 27 life-saving surgeries since we started this campaign. We have felt very grateful to be able to offer these surgeries to families who would have struggled to pay for the surgery themselves due to poverty and lack of resources.
Due to the great success of this programme we plan to run another similar campaign later in the year to be able to offer more families support.
Thank you so much for your generosity. We couldnt have done it without you.
We have sponsored 17 surgeries in the last 3 months thanks to your support. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you so much.
Categories of surgeries:
Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida: 4
Intestinal obstruction: 1
Ambiguous genitalia/related 2
Congenital cataract 1
Necrotizing facilitis 1
Undescended testes 1
TOTAL Money spent: Naira 1,824,151 = USD 5,042
The money spent also includes investigations and preparations for two surgeries that have yet to take place. And check ups for children who has already undergone hydrocephalus and spina bifida surgeries.
Please see the report attached for more details and some photos of the children we have supported.
In the last 3 months we have been busy with children needing a variety of surgeries.
We have provided operations to 15 children. Five were for major surgeries such as spina bifida repair and 10 were for minor surgeries such as incarcerated hernia. These hernias in small babies can cause blockage and be dangerous so timely intervention is essential. All of these children come from very poor families who would not have otherwise been able to afford the surgery.
One of the children we operated on was Chimamanda. She was born with spina bifida, which is a condition where the spine doesn't form properly. For Chimamanda the family noticed it shortly after birth, but as they are very poor, and she seemed quite ok, they did not take her to the clinic. After about seven months her situation had deteriorated. The bifida opened, got infected and started draining. Chimamanda's parents took her to Gmelina Health Centre operated by AMURT. AMURT made the arrangements to take her to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) in Enugu, about one and half hour away by road. There she had the procedure for repairing and closing the spina bifida. Chimamanda was on admission at UNTH for just over two weeks. The procedure was successful, and she is now home.
Please see more details of the individual children in the Powerpoint presentation attached.
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