7 January 2013

Gambia: Boy Needs Urgent Help

Bakary Gakou, a thirteen-year-old resident of Latrikunda German is in dire need of financial assistance to undergo medical treatment overseas after a long illness.

A medial report from Cottage Clinic, Saffideen, London Corner, Serrekunda revealed that Bakary presented a decade ago with a history of multiple joint swelling and severe joint pains associated with disabling absolute ambulatory failure and recurrent fibrile responses and system upset.

According to the report, except for a mild pallor, and some cervical and sub-mandibular regional adenopathy, his general physical examination was otherwise unremarkable.

"His musculoskeletal system examination revealed an absolute global polyarticular polyarthritis and swelling with multiple functionally and cosmetically disabling anklosis involving the cervical spine making functional flexion, rotation and extensions of the neck impossible and the interphalengeal joints in addition to articulatory vocal and possibly posture related impaired visual difficulties, having to turn his trunk to be able to look sideways. However, his auditory and overall executive functions seemed fairly well preserved" it stated.

The report further stated that he had some uneventful inpatient hospitalization, for interventions related to acute infective events.

However, the report stated that Bakary requires arthroplastic or joint replacement and substitution surgeries. "He will need to proceed elsewhere to a dedicated Paediatric Rheumatology Unit overseas to achieve these" it concluded.

Any institution or individual wishing to help Bakary Gakou can contact the family on the following numbers: (+220) 6944100 or 3744101

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