Project #10746

Surgery for Ruphat and 3 other boys in Cameroon

by Stichting Help Cameroon

It has been more than four months since the last report. My sincerest apologies; It has been a busy few months.

While staying in The Netherlands to spend time with her newest granddaughter, news came to Huguette via phone that Cedric wasn't feeling ok. She immidiatly tried to contact his family to talk them and Cedric to see what was happeninge, and what could be done. It took two weeks to finally localize them; They had been 'en brousse' which in french means deep in the Jungle. This is normal, most people from small village do this to hunt, but there are no (hopefully not ever) transmitter mast deep in the jungle. So no telephones/mobiles :-)
When the returned, she talked to them on the phone and got the sense that Cedric was in more pain than he was telling. She asked a family member to check in on him, who confirmed her suspicions. He was having trouble urinating again and walking.

Trying to sort these things out from a distance is not ideal. Even though Yaounde is still a long way from his village, by car you can be there in 4 hours. The Netherlands is another part of the world. I think she was on the phone almost non-stop for a week to talk to his docters, parents, transport, nurses, pharmacies. Nothing could be decided untill the doctor had seen him. So he went by bus with his parents to Yaounde where his docter examined him. The don't know for sure, but the wound was open and the suspect because he had been driving a small moped (the normal means of transportation when going to the jungle). There is no tar road only one of dirt. When you go over it you bounce every way and the going is slow, very slow. He went to soon, to far.

Lucky for him they could operate on him the same week, which they did. Al went well, and they released with the stern admonition to take it slow and easy. How well Cedric will be able to abide by that is another story. He has to work alongside his family to provide for food. He did get to recuperate for five days before going back.

This feels like a major set back, and in financiel terms it. There was absolutly no budget for. We had to pay for everything (surgery, nurses, medication, hotels, food, transport etc.) with the money that was intended for fixing the car.

I hope to be able to deliver good news with the next report.

All the best,  

Cedric waking up surgery
Cedric waking up surgery


Happy new year from Help Cameroon!
2012 has been such a good year for us. With your donations we have been able to help a village, two boys and a local hospital. Let's make 2013 a giving one :-)

As you know, we have been busy trying to help four boys with circumcision related health issues. Very quickly we were able to help Ruphat. Unfortunately the doctor found out he suffered from a hernia and advised Huguette to le him operate on that as well.  Of course she would, but this put a severe strain on our resources. So much so, that in the end we paid for the operation with our own money and some of our family.

Because we hadn’t anticipated that Ruphat would need two/three surgeries we already promised Cedric he would be next. Because this means so much to these boys, and we don’t make promisses lightly, we had to figure a way to find funding for his surgery. Turning every stone, scrapping the bottom of the checking account for Help Cameroon and asking our inner circle (our family) for help, we made it.

After a thorough examination, where the doctor (thank goodness!) didn’t find any other issues. Cedric was operated on 22-11 and everything went smoothly. He recuperated with his mother in a motel we rented (this is the same motel where Ruphat stayed with his parents 
:-) ). After three days he went back to the hospital for an after surgery check up. If he could urinate properly, that is to say without pain, he could travel back to Doume. No problem for Cerdic! He and his mother travelled back the next day.

Our project leader spoke to him and Ruphat on the phone and they are both doing really well. 

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Hospital Yaounde
Hospital Yaounde
Operating room
Operating room
Nurse checking up on Cedric after surgery
Nurse checking up on Cedric after surgery


Ruphat with his father after his last surgery
Ruphat with his father after his last surgery

It has been three months since the last project report about our project 'Surgery for Ruphat and 3 other boys in Cameroon'. So we're long overdue!

We were very fortunate to be able to fund Ruphat's surgery after two years! The operation for his urinating problems was a succes, and still is. He has been able to urinate painfree for the last three months. This is something he hasn't been able to for a long, long time. 

As mentioned the docters saw on one of the X-rays a hernia. We decided to pay for this operation as wel. The operation was scheduled in two rounds because of his health. Everything went really wel and the docters were able to operate on his hernia. After two weeks recuparting, in a motel that we rented for him and his parents, Ruphat was declared healthy for travel. It's now been almost two months since his surgeries and he is doing great. He has been back to Yaounde once for a routine checkup with his mother; all was good so they travelled back the same day.

Next up: surgery for Cedric who also suffers from circumcision related problems. We are hopeing to have his surgery date known in a few days. It's a relatively 'easy' operation, and hopefully only one, so per docters estimation he should be up-and-running within two weeks.

Scheduling the surgeries for the boys has been time-consuming and at times very frustated. Why, because the families of the patients have to make sure everything, from nurses to medicine to tubes, has been bought and paid for. You have to pay in cash, and upfront. Our project leader Huguette has been to every apothecary and pharmacist in Yaounde, has been in contact with numerous nurses and docters; altough very rudimentary and basic her she has aquired some very usefull knowledge about medicine.

Cedric after his final examination for his surgery
Cedric after his final examination for his surgery
Ruphat and his mother
Ruphat and his mother

Two weeks ago we posted a new project on GlobalGiving to fund the surgeries for Ruphat, Cedric, Yannick and Nkolo. But we have known Ruphat for two years now. Our project leader in the field, Huguette, met him two years ago while working in Paki on another project (building a well for the local school). But because we had already promised, and scheduled, a surgery for a baby girl with a hydraulic(water) head we did not have the funding for it at the time. 

Now after almost three years we, finaly, are able to make a project for Ruphat, and the other boys who came to our attention.

But three years is a long time to wait, especially with young children, because Ruphat's health was beginning to deteriorate. They had to operate on him sooner, rather than later. Because I had only posted this project two weeks ago there was absolutely no way to fund it via Global Giving. So we had to attack our personal saving to pay for the surgery. Last week was the first (of two) surgery for Ruphat which took place in Yaounde. We had to wait 5 days before we knew if the surgery had been a success. Ruphat had to be able to urinate by himself, and most importantly, without pain.

After five days he did just that, with flying colors!

I say one of two surgeries because during examinations they saw on the X-rays a hernia. We made the decision to relieve him of that burden too. No use in half measures if the goal is to improve is health, and life.

At the moment Ruphat is recuperating (and waiting for the next, and final surgery) with his parents, in a room we booked for them in a motel in Yaounde, Cameroon. He is happy and smiling a lot, taking his medication daily and eating a lot, which seems to be what little boys do.

We hope to be able to operate on the others soon. Seeing Ruphat this happy is just great, and we would like for the others to feel that joy and carefree attitude too.

Ruphat after his first surgery
Ruphat after his first surgery



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Stichting Help Cameroon

Location: Amsterdam, North Holland - Netherlands
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alida Roskam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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