On Monday May 8th, the Mercy staff brought Abu Bakarr to Holy Mary Hospital in Makeni to meet with a group of reconstructive surgeons based out of the UK who make several trips a year to Sierra Leone to perform reconstructive surgeries. The surgeons are confident that they can perform skin graft surgery on Abu's legs, and surgically address the contractures as well, but given his undernourished state, they would prefer to begin these surgeries in six months time, after Abu has had time to gain some weight. The Mercy staff is working to 'fatten him up" with healthy food and nutritional supplements, and Abu will make the trip back to Makeni some time later this summer.
Many supporters in the US have offered their expertise and advice on Abu's care to the Mercy staff, including Dave Brewster and Susan Custer, who have been collaborating with Lappia on various physical therapy activities that will help Abu with his contractures. Jess Mills, a physician assistant in dermatology, has been providing expertise to the Mercy staff on wound care. Jess is in Bo now with the May team, working closely with the Mercy staff on Abu's case.
The CRC staff and children continue to address Abu's psychological and mental state. CRC counselors Rosa Saffa and Emmanuel Lamin provide counseling to Abu two days a week, and the CRC staff continues to visit and pray with Abu regularly. Additionally, the "Team of Eight," a group of residential student volunteers, has a standing appointment to visit Abu in the hospital to play games and spend time with him each week.
We praise God for these positive developments in Abu's recovery and offer our thanks for the contributions of expert volunteers both here in the US and in Sierra Leone. We ask you to continue to pray for him, and for all of those on the Mercy and CRC staff who care for him daily.
The May team arrived on Thursday, May 11, and was able to take a tour of the OR wing as a part of the regular tour of Mercy Hospital.
Helping Children Worldwide was pleased to award a scholarship to Lucy Jusu, the Child Rescue Centre's accountant and business manager, to pursue a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance. On Monday, May 15th, Lucy will begin her first semester exams. Please join us in praying for her to do well on her exams!
Lucy is the first CRC staff member to be a recipient of the Ginny Wagner Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes deserving CRC and Mercy Hospital staff members who demonstrate scholastic ability, humility, character, diversity and the potential to be future leaders within the organization, as well as in Sierra Leone. The scholarship is granted to no more than two recipients per year, and is intended for individuals who aspire to advance their academic, technical, medical, business or vocational training, as it applies to their role, function and responsibilities within either the CRC or Mercy Hospital. Recipients commit to returning to their respective organization for at least the equivalent period of time spent away while completing their course of study.
Lucy Jusu, Child Rescue Centre accountant and business manager.
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