Gambia: Fire Victim Launches Appeal for Assistance

Recent fire outbreaks in the country continue to have their tolls on the lives and properties of the people, causing the death of some whilst others are left in critical health conditions. Sometimes, there situations become so critical that they are recommended for overseas medical treatment. Unfortunately not many of these victims are financially strong to foot the expenses of the overseas medical treatment; a sad circumstance that forces them to resort to seeking assistance from good Samaritans.

This is what prompted one Lamin Beyai, a native of Sutusinjang and resident of Brikama in the West Coast Region to walk into the offices of the Daily Observer newspaper to launch an appeal to the general public to help him overcome a serious burn that he sustained in a recent inferno in Mandinary village.

Beyai's medical report from the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) reveals that he was brought to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital on 12th May 2012 with extensive burns on his face, neck, upper limbs, anterior, chest and abdomen caused by the fire outbreak. "The total percentage [burn] is 35% and the patient was treated and discharged after a month. Subsequently, he developed contractures of neck and both shoulders with occasional pain at the affected sites. The board recommends an overseas treatment for a possible surgery," reads Beyai's medical report.

Narrating his ordeal to this reporter, Beyai said as an employee (a security guard) of Mega Large Factory, he recalled that on 12th May 2012, he came to work in the afternoon with two other colleagues at the oil company, and he suddenly got caught up by fire when someone threw a metallic gallon that caught fire in the reception room where he was executing his duties, and consequently couldn't escape the inferno that left him with serious burns.He said he was later rescued and rushed to the RVTH.

Beyai said he still suffers great from his burns as indicated in the medical report. With no financial means of footing the overseas medical treatment, Beyai said he now seeks the support of anyone who is in the position to offer help. He can be reached on the following numbers: (+220) 3658213.

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