The operation to give little Francis Kpulum a normal life took place two weeks ago. According to the doctor the operation was done “placing a medium pressure V-P shunt (ventriculoperitoneal). The fluid was under high pressure indeed! We hope that the pain will reduce.”
Francis was then observed and allowed to leave the Jean Ward Gertrudes Hospital where he had been closely monitored during the last two weeks.
Hopes were that little Francis would be allowed to leave for Sierra Leone where Mercy Ship would continue the treatment.
But then things took a different turning with the swelling continuing and it was decided that a second operation would be needed.
Dr. David Kiptum the Paediatrician, at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital where Francis is being treated wrote “ I talked with Mr. David Olouch – Olunya the Neurosurgeon, last evening Wednesday November 14, 2007 about Francis’ 2nd operation. He is currently engaged in conducting University Exams and the earliest he can do the operation will be either this Friday November 16, 2007 or Saturday November 17, 2007.
But he again wrote that “over the last 3days. Francis’ head seems to have stopped increasing in size abnormally. This means that he may not need the second operation straight away. He needs to be reviewed by the neurosurgeon, who will make that decision. The only hitch is that Mr. David Oluoch Olunya, our Neurosurgeon has been tied down at the University where he has been conducting exams and has not been able to review him the last two days.”
Francis Kpulum is suffering from hydrocephalus which is an unusual swelling of the brain.
Adonis Aboud Chairman of the Pikin Bizness charity which sponsored the trip says he is hopeful Francis will pull through. As we wait for more information on little Francis Kpulum a Sierra Leonean studying in Kenya Emmanuel Turay visited them at the hospital and was generous enough to send us these pictures of Francis.