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