19 November 2012

Gambia: A Student With Swollen Cheek in Need of Overseas Treatment

Safiatou Kandeh, an eighteen year old girl, attending Kinderdorf Buttrop Technical Secondary School in Brikama, is suffering from a swelling of the right cheek which is still not cured despite medical intervention.

According to a diagnostic report from the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) on her condition, Safiatou has spontaneous painless swelling of the right maxillary region with palatal. An incision biopsy or operation was done to remove tissue but after sometime the swelling continues.

The CT Scan of the brain from the Radiology Department of RVTH on 27 February 2012 has shown soft tissue mass (41 HU) in the right maxilla. It indicated that it is causing excessive irregular bone destruction by expansion and that there is rupture of interior wall of right maxillary antrum and a free bone fragment inside the the lumen is noted. There is translucency of palatal tissue, normal posterior fossa and normal lateral ventricles, basal ganglia and optic thalami.

According to Safiatou, the swelling does not pain but causes her head ache and endless sleeping which, she said, is affecting her education.

The mum expressed her worries as she has gone everywhere seeking for the treatment of her daughter but without success. She said some people are even urging her to abandon modern medicine and resort to local treatment.

Safiatou is in need of further observation and treatment abroad.

Any Good Samaritan or philanthropic organization willing to help Safiatou can contact her mum at: 7374198 / 6674198

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