Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Boy with organs outside belly to undergo life-saving surgery

A boy from Ghana was born with the majority of his organs outside his body – The toddler has been living for three years with the condition – Now he is given a chance to start a new life after a life-transforming surgery Ethan Suglo was born with Exomphalos, a rare
abdominal wall defect in which the intestines, liver, and occasionally other organs remain outside of the abdomen.  

 Little Ethan, who is from Ghana, flew to the UK because the expertise to treat him wasn’t available locally In Ghana people often mock him and make jokes calling him “a boy who is pregnant”.

 The toddler would have to live all his life with his inner organs hanging out of his body but for doctor David Williams who raised £51.000 (about N19.306.000) to fly him to the UK.Recalling the day he met Ethan in July last year, Dr Williams said: “I was asked when I went out, because I’m a doctor, just to have a look at Ethan. So I went thinking I’d see a little African boy with a swollen tummy… malnutrition and worms, and when I got there I was just shocked by what I saw.  

Ethan Suglo with his father Charles in Ghana. Ethan Suglo with his father Charles in Ghana .I’d never seen it before, certainly not in a two-year-old. I don’t think I’d ever seen it in my career, I’ve been a doctor 20 or 30 years and I’d never seen this case. I wasn’t sure at that time what would be involved, but I did look Charles in the eye and said I’d do what I could to help.” Initially, Dr Williams and his wife hoped that Ghanaian or Nigerian surgeons would be able to carry out the surgery locally, but it turned out that there were no necessary equipment or expertise.

The couple managed to collect such a huge sum of money thanks to cake sales and half marathons, as well as help from charity organisations. Talking about how Ethan’s condition affects him, Dr Williams said: “They don’t let the little boy go out of the house because everybody pokes his tummy and prods at him and makes comments. So when he’s at home he will be able to go to school and have a normal life, play football and be a normal boy again.

He’s incredible really. He’s a very happy child, a very happy disposition. Nothing seems to have fazed him really. He’s met lots of people and he’s very brave. But also he just gets on with it. He’s just an adorable three-year-old.”

Source: NAIJ

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