Facial Deformity and TY Danjuma Foundation Intervention: Patient with Massive Facial Swelling, Others Get Reprieve in Delta State.

 

By Kambai Ajiyet

 

 

 

Stella Madamedon

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Stella, a 28 year hairdresser and a mother of three has described the last week of April as a period of divine deliverance from the scourge of a 15 year old facial deformity and its attendant social stigma. The story of Tonkere, an 18-year-old SS2 student is a little different; she was born with a swelling on her face which has been progressive with associated society rejection and a deliberate effort to remain relevant among her peers.

Lawrence Tonkere

 

 

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Toyin Bello

 

Before Surgery                                After Surgery

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Toyin Bello, a 25-year-old fashion designing apprentice experienced the wonder of free surgery 5 years ago when she had the first stage of corrective surgery of a massive facial swelling. She is attending Warri programme for the second stage of a corrective facial deformity programme.  These are part of several patients that benefitted from a one-week free surgery programme recently concluded in Warri, Delta state, Nigeria.

It was the 21st edition of free surgery by Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation (CFDF) and it was sponsored by TY Danjuma Foundation, an Abuja based funding philanthropic organisation.

‘The core of our responsibility is the care of the less privileged’ Mrs Ogbe Christiana, TY Danjuma coordinator for health explained.  According to her, TY Danjuma foundation has been doing this for years and there are several on-going programmes sponsored by the organization all over Nigeria.  Mrs Ogbe further explained that TY Danjuma Foundation is particularly touched by long suffering experienced by Stella and the likes and we are delighted that we are part of the solution to their predicament.

‘We are excited that we are proffering solution to the long sufferings of facial deformity patients but more needs to be done’ Dr Bello SA, director of CFDF stated.  According to him, surgical excision of facial tumors is the first step in the management of such patients. According to the worldwide gold standard, bone reconstruction and artificial teeth rehabilitation using microvascular tissue transfer and Dental implant technology is important after the first surgery. The essence is to restore patients to pre-disease state and thereby providing good quality of life. However the technology is expensive costing from 12 to 15 million naira in India. The foundation’s ambition is to move to this next level of technology so that we will be able to provide world class treatment to our patients.

 

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