Two German medical doctors, Dr. Reiniger and Dr. Fekete have successfully performed spinal
surgery on six Sierra Leoneans at the Choithram Trust Hospital at Hill Station, Freetown. The six patients were suffering from spinal vertebrate problems and severe back pains.
The two surgical experts are members of a German Orthopedics medical foundation that offers free surgical assistanance to third world countries like Sierra Leone.
A Sierra Leonean, Dr.Baimba Bayoh who was part of the surgical team explained to Awoko that when he first met the two German doctors in Freetown they told him that they came to offer free services to Sierra Leoneans suffering from spinal problems.
Their aim was to deliver their service to the Mabeseneh hospital in Lunsar but upon arrival at Lunsar facilities were not available in the hospital for spinal surgery. Dr. Bayoh said he led them to the Choithram Memorial hospital at Hill Station where facilities are available to undertake the surgical operation.
According to Dr. Bayoh, this is the first time such a surgery is taking place in Sierra Leone and the operation on one patient took between four and six hours.
He also stressed that spinal surgery is very expensive and in the United States it is done for about $30 thousand U.S dollars.
He stated that this move by the German doctors signals a hope for the establishment of a spinal surgery centre at the Choithram hospital.
One of the patients, a 56 years old man explained how he encountered spinal problem after he was involved in a gruesome bike accident in 1990.
Another 42 years old patient said he was suffering from partial paralysis and back pain but after the surgery he can now walk.
The Head of Choithram Memorial Charity Trust, Mr. Harish Agnani said the patients were not asked to pay any fee for the surgery as everything was taken care of by the Choithram Charity Trust.
He also added that since facilities for such a surgical operation is only available now at Choithram they are doing their best to ensure that a spinal surgical centre that will serve the whole of West Africa is established within the hospital.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the two German doctors and wished for a continuation of such a life saving venture.