Eight-year-old Aminata Koroma was brought by her mother to a medical outreach hosted by Mercy Hospital on Mattru Road. Her mother made the journey with her to Mattru Road from Towama village because her child had no appetite and had been vomiting for 4 days. The outreach staff quickly realized that Aminata had an umbilical hernia and took her to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
Umbilical hernias are very common in Sierra Leone, as they are often linked to infant prematurity or low birth weight. Roughly 70 hernia surgeries are performed every year at Mercy Hospital. Left untreated, umbilical hernias can cause pain and even death.
Dr. Aruna Stevens and the surgical CHO Lawrence T. Kargbo performed the hernia repair surgery and Aminta’s family received this treatment at no cost to them. Aminata is now recovering back at home, making periodic visits back to the hospital to check her dressings. She now can eat and play with other children without pain or fear thanks to generous donors like you.
Countless women make the journey to Mercy Hospital or their outreach clinics every month to receive life-saving treatment for their children. To support this work, consider making this journey yourself by participating in our Virtual Fitness Challenge. Between now and December 31, you can walk, roll, run, jog, row, pedal, or play your way to Mercy Hospital, making the 28-mile journey a mother like Aminata’s would make to get treatment. Join our fitness challenge by yourself or with friends to make a difference in the life of a child like Aminata!
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