Apr 26, 2011, 2:56 PM
According to a signed medical board report issued by the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul dated 8 September 2014, the patient sustained burn injuries in the left hand that healed with resultant contraction deformity of the last three digits of the hand.
According to the report, this is associated with partial loss of hand function.
The board further recommends that the patient goes for overseas plastic surgical correction of the deformities as that sub specialty is currently not available here in The Gambia.
Speaking with the child’s father yesterday, Yakuba Fatty told The Point that his son sustained the injury while creeping and dipped his hand into fire when he was sixteen months old.
The father complained that he found it difficult to help his child get treated.
“I believe it is my responsibility as a father to seek for medical help for my son, as I can’t afford it,” he said.
He disclosed that the child can no longer lift an object with his hand since the accident occurred, adding that it isgetting worst as he grows.
Mr Fatty appealed to the government, NGOs, private institutions, philanthropists and individuals to aid his son to gain the function of his hand.
Anyone who wishes to support the child can contact the father at: 00220 6739288 / 00220 9739288.