56 Year-old Man Seeks Medical Help for Lung Condition

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Mr. Kolleh uses a tube inserted in the side of his chest to drain unsafe fluids

A resident of Pipeline Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, is seeking urgent assistance so he can receive foreign medical treatment for a complex lung disease that is threatening his life.

An Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) hospital’s medical report, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, confirms that John Kolleh, 56, underwent a series of surgical procedures, but his condition has not improved.

Kolleh told this newspaper yesterday that his ailment began in November of 2012, when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) at a local health center.

“Since 2012, I have been going through excruciating pains when I was diagnosed with TB; but all treatment administered have not helped as life gets difficult daily for me due to pains in my chest,” he said, adding that even though he has visited Phebe and John F. Kennedy hospitals in Bong County and Monrovia respectively, he remains ill.

The ELWA’s medical report advises Kolleh to seek urgent attention from an advanced health facility either in Ghana or elsewhere outside Liberia.

While awaiting medical assistance, Kolleh had his first chest tube inserted in 2015, due to the collapsed of his right lung. However, it was difficult to maintain under medicine, and so the procedure was aborted.

“A fibrose lung was encountered covered with calcified materials and some of the fibrose tissues were removed along with the calcified substances, but the anesthetic agent (gas) was escaping through the wound,” the medical report says, noting further that Kolleh recovered after treatment and was discharged.

The medical report states further that Kolleh was relatively well until 2016 when he was rushed back to the ELWA hospital with severe respiratory (breathing) distress due to massive right pleural effusion.

“A chest drain was inserted, draining several liters of purulent fluid,” the medical report says. The report, which was signed by Dr. Jerry Fahnbulleh, General Surgeon and attending physician, added that, “culture and sensitivity was performed.”

The report continues, “We could not obtain both medications locally hence a cortical window was created, and pleural space irrigated with normal saline, but pus continue to re-accumulate. A chest tube was subsequently inserted and left in-situ and Kolleh was taught how to periodically open the tube to allow drainage and has since been relatively stable.”

According to the medical report, two years earlier, Kolleh was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis and right pleural effusion, but was treated for TB and a right chest tube was inserted in 2012.

The father of six said his children lack the means to pay for his foreign healthcare.

Prior to Kolleh’s health breakdown, he worked for National Adult Education Association of Liberia (NAEL), an adult literacy program, as a supervisor for Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties.

Anyone who wishes to help him can call cell numbers 0770621401/ 0886170447 or via his nephew Jimmie Tegli’s cell number: 0886583774.

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