Caregiver Provides Updates on Kids Undergoing Treatment in US

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Ms. Charlesetta N. Williams, Executive Director of Healthpage Liberia, has told our Health Desk that the two sick Liberian kids she helped to send to the US for medical treatment are said to be positively responding to their treatments.

Four-year old Prince J. Tweh and 16-year old Hawa Chuku Kolleh’s medical conditions could not be treated in Liberia.

Little Prince from the impoverished slum community of West Point, fell into a pot of boiled water on September 11, 2015. According to Ms. Williams, little Prince was so seriously burnt that both his arms got stuck to his body.

As for 16-year-old Hawa Chuku Kolleh from Geeghbahn District, Grand Bassa County, a 22-year- old man, only identified as Abraham, slipped under her bed at night and poured sulfuric acid on her face, which led to her face being badly disfigured.

However, after they (Prince and Hawa) arrived in the US, they began seeing specialized medical doctors.

According to Ms. Williams, Ms. Bennetta N. Massaquoi, the young lady, who escorted the kids to the US told her that Prince was admitted on May 8, 2016 at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Boston with high fever, headache and wound discharges. He was treated and discharged to his host parents on May 10, 2016. He was given a follow up appointment for a surgery on May 13.

“His doctor, Dr. Sheridan did a graft replacement and the donor site was his right thigh. He successfully underwent the surgery and was discharged on May 17. He had his second surgery done on June 10. A graft replacement was performed on the left arm using his left thigh as the donor site and he was discharged on June 15,” Ms. Massaquoi reported.

As for Hawa, she had her first appointment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston on May 9, where she was diagnosed of having less vision with the left eye. “She was placed on lubricant eye ointment to help clear the vision but the vision got worse. After several follow ups at the MEEI, she was diagnosed of cornea failure and successfully underwent the surgery and is now administering eye drops. Her right eye is still in good condition.”

Ms. Massaquoi stated that Hawa’s next follow-up is on July 5, today with Dr. Chodos, an Ophthalmologist. She had her second appointment but first with Dr. Bojovic, a Plastic Surgeon at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Boston on May 18.

“She was examined thoroughly and had a successful eyelid replacement surgery on May 25. Her body responded well to the replacement. This procedure was done to give her eyes better protection.

“She then had a skin graft replacement on June 14. The skin was removed from her left thigh. The graft is currently in place and well secured to help the eyelids stay intact.

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