Ailing Nurse Needs Advanced Treatment Abroad

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Due to severity of pains in her legs, Amelia F. Collingwood now walks with stick.

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.

A CT scan, also known as computerized tomography scan, makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional images of specific areas of a patient.

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.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Amelia Collingwood needs four kinds of help:

    A miraculous help from God the creator,

    A foreign trip help,

    A help from a doctor who actually knows how to treat such an illness and

    A strong-family support help to boost her spirits.
    My help is simple: Look up to the Lamb of God. Be blessed.

  2. No one should be deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Spinal stenosis and other spinal injuries like what Ms. Amelia Collingwood is experiencing need to be under the care of a medical specialist like a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, or a neurosurgeon.

    Unfortunately, Liberia hospitals are not equipped to handle these medical conditions. Nor are there enough neurological specialists in the country to perform such surgery.

    Her spinal stenosis and lower lumbar injuries seem to be in a progressive stage where it has affected her upper and lower extremities (above and below her waist).

    It is sad to see this lady who has given 33 years of her professional nursing career serving her fellow Liberians is now incapacitated by a crippling neurological disease.

    After doing some research, I found couple of hospitals in the United States that specialized in neurological diseases. Please contact them to see if they could help you on a humanitarian emergency case. You could redirect the Daily Observer web-link of your story to these hospitals listed below for them to read your story.

    Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, U.S.A
    International Appoint. 507-284-8884, Fax: 507-538-7802

    Shepherd Center, P.O.BOX 1162760, Atlanta, GA. 30368, U.S.A
    Toll Free: 877-696-2660, Tel: 404-350-7323 (Financial Counselors), Fax: 404-367-1316

    Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA. 30322
    Tel: 404-712-2000.

    There are more specialty hospitals around the globe maybe one is willing to help only do your research and please don’t give up hope.

    Thanks Daily Observer for publishing her story.

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