|Last month we
focused on the work of Harriet and her community team and this
month we return to them again as they encountered two very
interesting cases recently.
|The first was
that of Babirye Aisha. Babirye is a 3 year old girl with two
older siblings. When she was born she had severe upper and lower
limb deformities and as a result she had both of her legs and
her right hand amputated.
team first met Babirye last year when she was admitted at
Acheru. She was then referred to CoRSU where she had a finger on
her left hand amputated and her stump refashioned. At that time
she was given artificial limbs to assist with her mobility.
However, when Harriet and the team met with her for review they
discovered that she had outgrown her artificial limbs. The team
immediately referred Babirye back to CoRSU for measurements for
rehabilitation has been going well and she experiences a good
quality of life. She is able to use her hands reasonably well.
She is able to play with a ball, write and draw. She is even
able to assist at home with the washing!
|Her parents are
very happy with her progress and they plan to take her to school
|The second case
study of interest from the community team is that of a set of
triplets, Ezra, Fred and Amoni who are now 6 years old.
children were only 6 months old, their mother left them at home
alone while she went to a nearby shop. Unfortunately she had
also left a candle burning in the home which then caused a
mattress to catch fire. The children were rescued by their aunt
who was staying close by. Ezra received burns to his right hand
and left foot and Fred received injuries to his right hand. Only
Amoni escaped without harm. While the thought of what happened
to these children is horrifying, the situation could have been
much worse. Despite having a severely deformed hand as a result
of his injuries, Fred does not need surgery. Only Ezra requires
surgery to release the contractures of the fingers and the feet.
He will be admitted this month to receive his surgery at CoRSU.
|Once again we
thank the community team and the staff at Acheru for all of
their care and hard work.