Monday, 17 December 2007

The next hurdle ...

Ousman's kid brother, a boy of about fourteen, is seriously ill. He was diagnosed as suffering with osteomelitis in his upper left leg, which is terribly swollen and ulcerated. His family have been trying to treat him with local herbal cures for twelve months but his leg is worse and causing him great pain. We managed to get him examined at the Medical Research Centre at Bakau but they do not have the facilities to operate - he will probably need a bone graft. A friend at MRC is trying to find a hospital somewhere else in West Africa and it seems likely that an operation may be available in Senegal, at Dakar. We are trying to find out if this is possible, and what the cost will be. Just hope the sales of the book hold up! The boy lives in a village with few mod cons - none I can think of. Again we think of all that we here in England take for granted, and count our blessings.

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