9 weeks old, Sahr Nguagah who was given birth to with an abdomen revealing lower anterior wall defect exposing bladder mucosa and associated epispadias, has returned from Ghana were he was supposed to undergo a surgical operation, sponsored by Pikin Biznes.
Sahr’s mother explained that her baby was presented to the Pediatric Surgery Unit of the Korle-bu Teaching hospital on 20th May.
She noted that the doctors were unable to do the operation because, she is not residing in Ghana, “the operation should take three phases and I have to be in Ghana for all three phases. Since that was not part of my schedule I have no option but to come.” she explained
Representatives of Pikin Biznes organization which sponsor kids for surgical operations that are suffering from biological defects disclosed that the organization is trying to solicit funds to send the kid to Egypt for the operation were they believe it would be done swiftly and effectively
The child who was born after a prolonged second stage did not sound normal at first cry, according to medical report.
The mother explained that “the child was unable to suck soon after he was born and was fed with cup and spoon. Later the child was tube fed since the child had difficulty feeding on his own.”
Medical report from Korle-bu Teaching hospital in Ghana stated that “two days after delivery the child is said to have started convulsing and this continued for about two days until it was aborted with the aid of Phenobarbital.”
The report furthered that “an attempt is said to have been made to abort the child at about five months’ gestation which failed, examination revealed an ill looking child with an NG tube in situ.”
“Chest had reduced air entry bilaterally. First and second heart sounds were heard but no murmurs were heard. The child was lethargic with markedly increased tone in all limbs.
The abdomen revealed a lower anterior wall defect exposing bladder mucosa and associated epispadias,” noted that the report.
The report also stated that “a diagnosis of classic bladder extrophy with associated birth asphyxia and possible sepsis were made. Investigations done included Creatinine which was essentially normal.”
The mother disclosed that “the child was treated with antibiotics, IV fluids and tube fed. Over time the child began to suck on his own and to cry better. Child has continued to improve clinically,” she maintained.
By Ophaniel Gooding