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