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Pikin Bizness hydrocephalus child Slim Hopes for Francis

Francis Kpulum and mother

Francis Kpulum and mother

Hopes are fastly fading for the successful recovery of one year old Francis Kpulum who suffers from hydrocephalus (swelling of the brain) and who was flown to Kenya for treatment under the auspices of the local charity Pikin Bizness.
According to Dr David Oluoch-Olunya of Gertrude’s Garden Children Hospital in Nairobi Kenya who examined Francis upon arrival “He is rather a poor little soul!”
The Doctor explained “The hydrocephalus is severe and he is only able to do the minimum in terms of activities!”
“He can eat and responds to his mother’s voice. He does cry when irritated. The pressure has built up to such an extent that he has a further out pouching on his forehead.”
The bad news is that “Imaging of his brain confirms that his brain matter is so thin (cerebral mantle) that ANY hope of useful neurological recovery is slim in the extreme.”
The Doctor wrote to explain to Pikin Bizness Chairman Adonis Aboud that “If no decompression is carried out the likely outcome is that the head will continue to grow!”
“If we put in a shunt then there is an outside chance that the suffering will be minimised.’
The Kenyan Doctor disclosed “There are risks to doing the surgery and some complications may arise, namely, infection, dislodgement and haemorrhage.”
Francis’s mother has been informed of this situation he said and “is quite clear that she would wish the suffering lessened.”
“She has also been told about the attendant risks of shunt failure. Surveillance is paramount and there needs to be access to a place where shunt revision can be done.”
The fundamental or rather critical question according to Dr David Oluoch-Olunya is “whether something should be done or NOT.”
For Adonis Aboud Chairman Pikin Bizness “This is a very complicated and difficult decision never faced by my organisation . So far we have dealt with 5 cases of Children with hole-in-the-heart which by the grace of God were all 100 % successful. We have never dealt with a similar case of Hydrocephalus , or any case of such severe condition.” Adonis further told the doctor “We will listen to your wise and professional opinion to guide us in the steps to follow.”

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