Caustic Soda Damages Nursing Student’s Throat

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The father of a twenty-nine year old man, who is slowly dying as a result of a blocked throat, is calling on philanthropists and other well meaning Liberians to help save his son’s life.

Kelvin Duo, a nursing student at the Monrovia Bible College Nursing School, has been suffering from the condition for the past two months. He suffers from Esophageal Stenosis, a blockage of the throat as a result of scars from sores caused by mistakenly drinking caustic soda.

After seeking medical attention at various health facilities in the country, the Duo family is now losing hope because their son’s condition is not improving. This is because the operation that is needed to save Kelvin’s life cannot be performed in the country. This has prompted Kelvin’s worried father, Kaplah Duo, to solicit assistance while there is still hope, if funds are available, to seek treatment out of country as doctors have advised.

Speaking to the Daily Observer over the weekend at the GHIAL Foundation Health Facility in Paynesville, Mr. Duo said “Nothing comes or goes out of Kelvin’s throat because the passage has been blocked by scars, a condition which has now worsened.”

Kelvin’s sad story began on January 26 this year when he mistakenly drank a cup of diluted caustic soda that was mistakenly placed where the drinking water gallons are usually located in the living room at his home in the Outland Community in Paynesville.

He was immediately taken the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital where the esophageal and intestinal sores were treated and cured; however, a much more difficult condition has emerged.

Medical experts, including Dr. Dopoe, a veteran ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, has therefore advised that he be taken out of the country for further surgical operation.

According to Mr. Duo, Dr. Dopoe recommended Ghana as the nearest country that such a procedure could be performed.

“Time is no longer in Kelvin’s favor and I am worried, because something needs to be done immediately to take him out of the country for surgical treatment,” he said.

“My son is gradually losing his life and medical experts have advised that he be taken out of the country for further treatment because no facility in the country has the equipment for such an operation, although there are experts here who could perform such an operation.”

He is calling on foreign and local philanthropists, as well as members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus to come to the aid of his son, who he described as a “talented young man with great potential.”

The surgery, if is to be performed in Ghana, would cost US$10,000 including accommodation and other fees, Duo told the Daily Observer.

“I want to call on every well meaning Liberian and foreign resident as well as business entities to help us; we are gradually losing hope and we are only looking for someone to come forward and help us,” he said.

But for anyone who might want to render any assistance, Mr. Duo can be reached at 0886906097. You can also contact the Daily Observer.

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