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- Published: 01 February 2013
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The grandmother of a boy from the Lynch Street Community who was recently hospitalized after contracting tetanus as result of a reported bad circumcision has spoken out to the government about the mal practices of some Liberian clinics.
A once bubbly and playful 5 –year-old Mohammed Kamara, sat stiffly in his chair as he listened to his family tearfully explained the ordeal that the child has had to go through in the last recent weeks due to a circumcision procedure that went wrong.
Haja kamara, the mother of Mohammed, described how her son contracted tetanus while she was away on a business trip. “I left my oldest sister Fatu to watch over him until I could return from buying goods and was not present when he was taken to the clinic,” she said.
Fatu kamara, the aunt of Mohammed, remembered being taken to the clinic by a neighbor. “She carried me there and a man known as Doctor came and did the circumcision after he was finished, he gave me some prescribed drugs and we went home,” she narrated.
Two days later, Fatu recalled taking the bandage off of Mohammed after discovering that the boy’s penis had begun to swell severely. “When we took off the bandage, the place was so bad, he had been cut two different places as if the knife had slipped,” she added.
Mohammed was taken back to the same clinic to notify the doctor of the bad operation. “The doctor only cleaned the place and told us to bring him back again later, so we went home,” she said.
The next morning Mohammed reportedly awoke his mother who had returned and told her that his neck was hurting. “I then realized that his jaws were tightly closed and that we appeared to be stiff and that’s when I rushed him back to the same clinic to let the doctor know of my son’s serious condition,” Haja explained.
According to Haja, the doctor refused to touch the boy and was quoted saying” Dah different thing now oh, carry him to a hospital, not here,” she quoted. Mohammed was then rushed to JFK where he was admitted. “We spent three weeks there and for the first two weeks, Mohammed was just stiff and couldn’t do or move anything,” Haja sadly recalled.
The distraught mother believed that her son would not survive the painful ordeal as doctors at the hospital asked questions as to who performed the circumcision. “He convulsed so much and blood was coming out of his mouth because of him biting his tongue whenever he convulsed,’ she added.
Miraculously Mohammed reportedly awoke one morning requesting to get down and walk after spending almost three weeks in the hospital bed.” He said mama I want to walk so I helped him as he took a few steps,” she noted. As the child gradually began to improve, he was discharged given that his mother continues with his treatment and physical therapy. “JFK is good oh, they really saved my son,” Haja said.
Meanwhile, a man only identified as Mr.Sumo, who is the nurse that performed the procedure at the clinic has shown deep concern of the child’s well being since he received the news of the his condition. “I was told a week after he was admitted at JFK but when Fatu began to tell me that they wanted to implicate me for being responsible of him catching tetanus I was unable to visit the child at the hospital,” he added.
According to him, his clinic is much sanitized. “I used all the necessary and sterile tools to perform the circumcision and believe it might have been the family’s care that may have caused it,” he claimed.
In addition to Mohammed’s fate and many others who have claimed to have fallen victim of mal practices by local clinics, the family of Mohammed asked that the government should do something about many clinics that are only said to be in Liberia operating for money.
Mawatta kamara, the grandmother of Mohammed has told In profile Daily that this is not her first time to experience a medical Mal practice by a clinic. “My daughter almost lost her life once because of the wrong dose that she was given when she was small,” she claimed. Mawatta appealed to the government to look into the matter and find measures in dealing with it. “Let the government close some of these clinics down because they are too much now and people are suffering because of it,” Mawatta noted.