It was in February of this year that young Abdul Razak was brought by his parents to the Morija Medical and Surgical Center in Kaya. He suffered from serious deformities of the legs, following old fractures badly treated.
A first accident had caused a fracture of the left leg, which had been treated by a bonesetter (traditional healer) without success. Finally operated on for the first time, Abdul was in too much of a hurry to walk again: he overlooked serious rehabilitation, pushed to regain his autonomy prematurely. His leg will then deform again, the tibia bone no longer being secured.
But Abdul persists in walking anyway: “I insisted on walking anyway, putting all my weight on my right side and after a while I broke my right leg too.”
Taken to one of the capital’s public hospitals, he could not be taken care of. The desperate parents decide to drive him to Benin, to Tanghuiéta, to receive care from a European surgical mission, but the Covid crisis is preventing surgeons from traveling. Back to square one. During this time, the fractures do not consolidate well, the shins are deformed, until another accident strikes the young boy, who becomes completely disabled …
It was under these conditions that the parents decided to turn to the Orthopedic Medico-Surgical Center of Morija, in Kaya. A young Burkinabé surgeon, Doctor Christian Nezien, has just been recruited there. It benefits from the remote support of experienced surgeons, such as Dr Dominique Hügli (Switzerland) and Dr Carroll Tseng (Holland). Despite the complexity of the pathologies, this double operation will be carried out and special attention will be paid, this time, to rehabilitation, which lasted several months during which he was taken care of free of charge by the CMC.
These cases can no longer be encountered in Europe, but they are still too common in Africa. It is to tackle them that we need your help! With your support, we will be able to provide a solution to catastrophic situations, like this one, which have had a happy ending.
“Operated on both legs, on February 2, 2021, I can walk again!”