A Liberian ailing professional nurse, Amelia F. Collingwood, 55, is calling on the government and any well-meaning Liberians to help her seek advanced medical treatment abroad due to a disease which doctors in the country have not been able to cure.
Madam Collingwood is suffering from a condition known as Lumbar spine stenosis, an appalling medical condition which doctors at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, diagnosed with the aid of a CT scan in 2013.
Lumbar spine stenosis is a condition which narrows the spinal canal, compressing the nerves traveling through the lower back into the legs.
According to the doctor’s advice, Mrs. Collingwood, with more than 33 years of experience as a professional nurse, stands the risks of permanent spinal cord injury, significant and permanent nerve damage, including paralysis and death, if nothing is done to urgently address her condition.
Doctors said she desperately needs surgery abroad, preferably in India, as the severity of the pain, which started a few years ago, is rapidly progressing to her death.
Collingwood was hit with particles of cluster bomb during the infamous civil unrest in the country while performing her duty as a nurse. But since that time, her condition has deteriorated to the extent that she is no longer able to do anything by herself due to the severity of the pain she experiences.
She is now forced to deal with severe pains in her lower back and knees, and is finding it difficult to walk or stand upright. This is affecting the quality of her life and her ability to provide basic needs as a family head.
Madam Collingwood is therefore appealing to humanitarian and charitable organizations, philanthropic groups and individuals, government and non-government organizations, and other well-meaning people, to facilitate her life-saving treatment in India.
Through her meager earnings over the years, and as the sole breadwinner of her family, the money she has saved is inadequate.
Madam Collingwood served as a head nurse, team leader, supervisor and nursing director at different times in her professional career at Bong Mining Company, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other entities, including volunteering her services at ELWA Hospital during the Ebola crisis.
As a hobby, she is a poet, artist, and novelist.
She meanwhile promised to return to normal duties to continue providing quality medical services to sick people when she gets well and subsequently return from India. She can be reached on cellular mobile numbers: 0886812498 / 0775695211.