Surgery for Ruphat and 3 other boys in Cameroon

$135 $4,713
Raised Remaining
Jun 5, 2013

How things stand now

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,  


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Stichting Help Cameroon

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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Alida Roskam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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