Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
An arm prosthesis gives new lease of life to 25 year old Jumanne
Jumanne fitting his prosthesis at the prosthetic workshop25 year old Jumanne travelled over 300km from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam in search of an arm prosthesis after a bad road accident that almost claimed his life.
In the accident in November 2009, Jumanne suffered severe cuts to his scalp and his left hand was smashed. Plating was done on his arm at a hospital in Kenya, however the doctors could not save it and his arm was amputated below the elbow.
For over one year, Jumanne couldn’t find a hospital where he could get his prosthesis fitted until he was given the contact of a prosthesis specialist at CCBRT. Jumanne took the long journey to Dar es Salaam to what he hoped would be the beggining of a new journey to complete recovery.In early April, Jumanne had a prosthesis fitted on his stump. After the fitting, Jumannne was shown how to wear and remove the prosthesis and how to adjust it. The specialist assured him that it only takes a few days of practice to be completely comfortable with his “new arm”.After a long wait to get his prosthesis fitted, Jumanne looks foward to a great life ahead. “I had strangers take pity on me many a time after the accident and sometimes I would receive comments that made me feel worse. However, I am ready to put the past behind me and focus ahead”, beams Jumanne.
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Ken’s dysfunctional lense story…
In 2009, Ken’s parents were referred to a specialist eye hospital in India. They were told that their son would receive an operation to correct his eyesight but were too afraid to go ahead. When Ken reached three years of age, a friend told them they could get specialised eye treatment for Ken right here at CCBRT in Tanzania.
At their first appointment at CCBRT, a consulting ophthalmologist from the UK examined Ken and gave the diagnosis that he had dysfunctional lens which had to be removed through an operation. It was the same diagnosis as they were given at the hospital in India, although this time around it was properly explained to them.
“There is a big difference since he received treatment. Ken now can sit with his brothers on the couch while watching television. At first, we doubted being able to get good treatment for Ken in Tanzania”, says Gerald (Ken’s father). “But, thanks to CCBRT’s doctors who really put me at ease, we went ahead with the operation. CCBRT has outstanding facilities which provide the best quality service, Gerald exclaimed
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Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
Ear surgey has changed Fatuma’s life
- Ms. Fatuma Mina with a big smile a few weeks after surgery
Fatuma’s problems started at an early age of 6 months. Her parents detected her difficulty in hearing and pus in her ears. She went through primary education with great difficulty as she was also suffering from dizzinnes. Several doctors that visited her village in 1995 referred her to a regional hospital, their diagnosis was that her ear drum had a hole.
She was given several types of medication and visited several hospitals but there was no improvement untill Furaha lost hope, and her diziness became more severe. She was then informed her that her condition was very serious and she cannot get treatment in Tanzania, her hope sanked even more as financially she would not be able to afford the medical costs.
In 2011 she attented a doctors seminar and she met Dr. Khuzema who is the ENT doctor at CCBRT, he advised her to come to the clinic for further investigation. After several weeks of consultation, Fatuma got her first surgery in August 2011.
” I can’t beleive that I can actually hear now, and the dizziness is gone, the previous doctors had told me they had never seen such a case in all their years of medical practice” Said Fatuma.
Fatuma is recovering well and she will receive her second operation on her other ear in December 2011
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