#Article (Archive)

16-year-old girl needs assistance to undergo overseas treatment

Jan 7, 2016, 10:22 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

A 16-year-old girl, Sainey Joof, a native of Sukuta town, is seeking urgent assistance from the government, NGOs, private sectors, philanthropists and the general public to undergo overseas medical treatment.

According to a medical report issued by Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, the girl was diagnosed with “rheumatic valve disease: mix mitral valve disease (severe stenosis and regurgitation), severe tricuspid regurgitation and severe pulmonary hypertension.

The report also stated that the teenager complained of “easy fatigability, shortness of breath, chest pain and recurrent leg swelling.”

She was apparently well until five years ago when she started experiencing gradual onset of “difficulty breathing associated with easy fatigability and retrosternal chest pain, usually provoked by physical exertion.”

The medical report said “her difficulty in breathing became progressive with minimal exertion associated with syspnoe, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoe and recurrent bilateral leg swelling.”

In 2012, Sainey was diagnosed and treated for “infective endocarditis.”She has no history of hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell disease, asthma or tuberculosis.

For the past five years, the girl has been “suffering from exercise intolerance that became progressive and eventually became breathless even on minimal exertion,” medical report said.

In view of this, the Banjul hospital recommended that Sainey requires “valve replacement surgery” abroad.

As a result, her parents are appealing to anyone who can help to facilitate the traveling of their daughter to undergo the prescribed medical treatment, abroad.

Anyone who is willing to help Sainey Joof can contact the following numbers: (+220) 9721210 / 9825137 / 6467393.

Read Other Articles In Article (Archive)