…father of critically ill toddler pleads
February 17, 2015 By Regina Pratt
Young Abdul Kargbo, 4, is currently admitted at Ward 1 of the Connaught Hospital where he is being treated for Burkit Lymphoma (Tumour), according to Watta Bindi, a State Registered Nurse in charge of the children’s ward.
Nurse Bindi said Abdul was diagnosed by Dr. Don Davies of the Dentistry Department at the state run hospital, the largest in the country. She said the boy had just taken his first dose of treatment prescribed by the dentist last week, and appealed to institutions and individuals to provide support to the family of the boy.
Abdul Kargbo could hardly talk or eat properly as his entire face is swollen, leaving one eye and half part of his nostril normal, with a little area to allow him to eat.
Father of the stricken toddler, Sallu Kargbo, 55, a resident of Waterloo in the Western Rural District, about 40 kilometers outside Freetown, also appealed to the government and humanitarian organisations to help save his son, adding that he was bewildered by the illness which has afflicted his son since four months ago.
He said no sooner he saw Abdul with a swollen jaw than he immediately took him to the Emergency Hospital, but was referred to the Ola During Children’s Hospital.
He said his son was discharged from the hospital and they had to consult native doctors for his treatment. Yet the jaw kept swelling, he said, hence they again sought medical opinion at the Makeni government hospital before they were referred to Connaught in Freetown.
“I am looking up to God and asking for help from charitable organizations to come and help my son,” he pleaded in anguish. “My son is suffering to talk and eat food properly.”
He commended one Mr. Foday Tarawally, who he said supported their travel from Makeni to Freetown, and is still rendering them assistance.