The father of a 29-year-old man and the man himself have sent out an SOS (Save Our Soul) call to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other humanitarians to urgently assist him to seek treatment for his enlarged heart outside Liberia.
Joseph Mulbah, a junior student in the Engineering Department of the University of Liberia, has been diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Authorities at both the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia and the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, have told him that his condition cannot be treated in Liberia. He has subsequently been advised to seek advanced medical treatment outside the country.
Mr. Zubah B. Reed, father of Mulbah, told this newspaper that he has been advised to take his son to either India, the US or South Africa, where his condition can be easily treated.
He, however stated: Even though, we were advised to go to any of those countries, I am sure if we can even get help to go to Ghana, we will be very glad. I am sure my son can be treated in Ghana.”
In their medical report dated March 24, 2016, JFK hospital authorities remarked: “The above named 28-year-old Liberian male was admitted at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Medical Ward from January 21-29, 2016, for left upper arm weakness and slurred speech for one day. Three days prior to presentation, he developed generalized body weakness, palpation and profuse diaphoresis (skin secreting salty fluid) while en route to the lab in the hospital during an outpatient visit on the day of admission, he developed numbness on the left side of the face to the left upper limb. Gradually it was followed by inability to move the limb.”
After conducting several medical tests, the doctors recommended that Mulbah needs “cardiologist consultation, which is not available in Liberia.”
On March 31, 2016, Mulbah sought treatment again, this time at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, where he was also told to seek advanced medical attention outside Liberia for “possible mitral valve replacement.”
Speaking to our Health Correspondent, Madam Charlesetta N. Williams, a humanitarian who frequently takes sick Liberian children abroad for medical treatment, said Mulbah will first need to do an “echocardiogram, which is not done here.”
Some of Madam Williams’ patients have been diagnosed with the same enlarged heart, and she succeeded in taking them out for successful surgeries.
She said, however, that seeking help for an adult is usually very hard, but promised to try nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Madam Williams has called on Liberia’s health authorities to equip the major hospitals as she can use her influence to convince foreign surgeons to come to Liberia to perform surgeries on sick Liberians for free. Anyone willing to help should please contact cell numbers: 0886 631025/ 0777889870.