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Sick Pikin Project Departs 4 Kids to India

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The Sick Pikin Project International has sent out 4 more children with complex conditions for major surgeries to India.

Alice M. Johnson, Project Coordinator for The Sick Pikin Project International said the Project only caters for children from 0-16 years. “We are very grateful for the successes we have made so far, now we are able to triumph over the challenges. Because of the funding challenges and the huge task that is involved in cases we handle, even with the age limitations we are overwhelmed” she said.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles is the Cofounder and Lead Campaigner for the Sick Pikin Project International. He spoke on the loss of 2 of their children, Baby Isha Sallie and Baby Jalikatu, both of whom he said underwent surgeries successfully but died later from other complications.

However, a happy news came shortly after, as Baby Tanue (6 months), who is suffering from Patent Ductus Arteriosus, along with Nyakeh (10 years) who has a large Ventricular Septal Defect Perimembranous, joined by David Patrick Henry (14 years) who has Urine incompetence and failure to thrive, and lastly Yeama Kargbo (a 1year 4months old) who has Ventricular Septal Defect + Atrial Septal Defect  and Patent Ductus Arteriosus, will all be moving out of the country for India to get treatment.

He said all the children were able to get funding from the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. He emphasised that the organisation is not getting funds from the government directly, but on a “case by case bases” support to the children.

“We are hopeful that everything will go through successfully and that we will celebrate their return with God’s will” he said.

While these 4 are leaving, Loretta Goba, who underwent her surgery at FANN Hospital in Senegal, will be arriving.

She underwent 3 different surgeries, two of which had to do with her brain, while the other had to do with the false breast she was developing because of the neurofibromatosis type 2 that she has.

Umu George also is the second child who would be arriving in Sierra Leone. She had a huge tumor on her neck, but through the assistance of Mercy Ship, she got a free surgery and she is looking wonderful now.

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