JOHNSON’S FUTURE RESTORED
Johnson (14) lives in Abedober East village, Alebtong district.His life was normal like anyother child growing up until 2015 when he fell down while running at school. His mother took him to a health center IV where his wounds were managed. They were given some anti-bio tics and pain killers with the hope that it would heal.
However, he later developed a swelling to his left leg and eventually a discharging sinus which was again managed at Alebtong health Centre IV. His mother was greatly worried about his condition because despite all their efforts to have him receive treatment at the health center his wound failed to heal and instead it started discharging pus along with some bone particles. At this point they were referred to Lira regional referral Hospital for further management of the condition but his mother couldn’t afford to bring him and stayed home.
At the time of assessment by AFU, Johnson had a swelling to the left tibia proximally and a discharging sinus with parts of his tibia exposed. He was in extreme pain, gloomy and limping due extreme pain.
On 17th May 2017, he was taken to CoRSU hospital in Kisubi-Entebbe where he was diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection on the upper 3rd of the left tibia. While at CoRSU he underwent surgery to remove the dead bone and was discharged to AFU on 22nd May 2017.
At AFU, Johnson continued with post-surgical care at AFU and also did gait re- education, active knee range of motion exercises and muscle strengthening exercises for the leg.
To-date, his wound have completely healed and is now able to perform all activities of daily living without any limitations, play with friends and help with house work too.
When shown photos of his leg before surgery he laughed so hard and this is what he said,” I was so sad but am now so happy because I don’t have pain anymore, my wounds have healed and I can play like my friends without anyone avoiding me because of my smelly wounds. ’’
The boy, who limped when walking due to the extreme pain, was now walking normally and has no more pain. He is very jolly and all smiles because he’s going back to school and his greatest dream is to become a doctor and treat other children with similar conditions.
He has been discharged to family home after staying at AFU for about 4months following admission for intensive comprehensive rehabilitation.
JOHNSON DURING ASESSMENT AT AFU
JOHNSON IN THE BUS TAKING A RIDE WITH HIS FRIENDS
JOHNSON DANCING WITH HIS FRIENDS AT AFU
JOHNSON TAKING A GROUP PHOTO WITH HIS FRIENDS AT AFU AFTER DISCHARGE