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Father seeks assistance to send son for overseas treatment

Father seeks assistance to send son for overseas treatment

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By Olimatou Coker

Yorro Jallow, father of a 14-year-old boy suffering from a severe respiratory problem has called for assistance to get his son overseas for medical treatment.

Jallow, a resident of Busumbala, said after several years of battling to stay alive with Gambian health officials doing all they can to medically assist his son, it has now reached a point where he urgently needs to undergo overseas treatment in a specialized facility.

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According to the medical documents from MRC seen by this medium, the teenager was first presented to the MRC clinic in October 2014 complaining of shortness of breath and clubbing.

Following an investigation, he was found to have Tetralogy of fallout with a pulmonary gradient of 85mmHg.

He has been followed up in the clinic with his O2 saturations being typically 70%.  

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Furthermore, an ECHO conducted on confirmed the Tetralogy of Fallot and also showed that there was accessory tricuspid tissue billowing into the subaortic area and shortness of breath on exertion.

He was discharged and has had no further problems. He remains stable on ferrous sulfate 200mg OD and propranolol 20mg TDS. 

However, doctors recommended that he would benefit from cardiac surgery which is not available in the Gambia thereby requiring an overseas treatment.

The visibly emotional father said he is desperately trying to raise funds to get his son out of the country.

“I do not want to lose hope but life is unbearable for me and my family,” Jallow said.  

 “We are in dire need of help. This is affecting my son’s schooling. I am calling on any person, philanthropists, organizations, institutions, and government to support us so that my son can continue his schooling,” he pleaded. 

The family can be reached on the following numbers 3724145\ 7680977

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