The uncle of a 12-year-old boy is appealing to humanitarians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to come to the aid of his nephew.
According to Mr. Musa Rogers, his nephew is in constant and severe pain in his left eye and the pain has extended to the right eye. The left eye is the one seriously affected and is growing bigger every day.
He told the Daily Observer yesterday that he took young Sherrif to two hospitals and one of them advised that if the family does not want the boy to lose both eyes, he should be flown abroad for advanced medical treatment.
“This is why we are appealing for help in order to take him outside Liberia for treatment. We don’t have what it takes to take him to either Ghana or other places for treatment,” Rogers stated.
Hospital documents from the SDA-run Cooper Memorial Hospital on 12th Street, Sinkor, said they had seen him on March 11, 2015. The hospital has one of the best eye facilities in the country.
“This lad was brought into our clinic by relatives for the first time from the RIA Highway on March 2, 2015 for a second opinion on his eye condition and possible management. He complained of a severely painful swollen left eye, unable to see at all with the left eye, multiple hard skull masses especially frontal and left parietal regions and swollen left side of his face.”
According to the hospital, Sherrif’s family reported that his condition started four months ago when some knots on his head plus swelling on the left side of his face became visible.
“The left eye was red, painful and discharging water. His mother applied traditional eye medication on the affected eye. He was later taken to a nearby general medical facility and treated for a few days and discharged. The lad was in severe pain with his head wrapped in a cloth to conceal his affected eyes, skull masses and the facial deformity.”
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