Mariama is a CHO student at Njala University. She was brought in twitching and gasping with pain in her side and abdomen, and numb/cold legs. Her friends shared with the Mercy staff that Mariama is asthmatic and they thought she was having an asthma attack. She was treated for asthma, which did stop her wheezing, but her legs remained immobile leaving her essentially paralyzed from the waist down. Dr. Kanneh suspects that she is suffering from a neurological disorder, and referred her to a neurologist in Freetown for further tests and possible treatment.
Though unable to address Mariama's neurological issues, they were able to stabilize her in order to get her to the right care, improving her odds at recovery. Mercy Hospital's quick response very likely saved Mariama's life.
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