Pageant appeal has raised £868 for Modou
Lamin's new prosthetic leg
Modou Lamin J is now seven years
old. (It is Pageant's policy not to use children's
last names to protect their privacy) In 2007, his head teacher
at Jambanjelly (or Jambanjali) Nursery School recommended him to
Pageant for sponsorship, and in February 2008 Rachel Day and her
husband Kevin decided to sponsor Modou Lamin's education.
When Ian and Pippa visited the school
in February 2009, they took sets of England football shirts that
Rachel and Kevin had donated for the two school teams to use.
You can see the teams in their new strip below left - yes girls
are enthusiastic footballers too!
However, Modou Lamin had a particular
problem which stopped him taking an active part in football.
He was born with a badly deformed right leg, which meant that he
about on his knees. Nevertheless, he sometimes played in goal for his class team, so Rachel and
Kevin gave Modou Lamin a special shirt with his name on the back.
teams in their new strip
Modou Lamin's special shirt
Mr Douglas Sammon FRCS is a retired
orthopaedic surgeon, who used to work at Yorkhill Sick
Children's Hospital in Glasgow. He has been very active helping
children in various parts of Africa, and has carried out many
Ships, which are essentially
Douglas first examined Modou Lamin’s
2009. Modou Lamin's right leg was permanently bent at the
knee, with a wedge of tissue between his upper and lower leg
which prevented it being straightened. Modou Lamin also has a
deformed right hand, with only two fingers and a thumb, but this doesn't
seem to inconvenience him in any way.
Douglas decided that it wasn't
possible to restore normal function to the leg, and the best
option was to amputate through the knee, and fit a prosthetic leg. Modou Lamin was advised that he should start to use his good leg
properly as soon as possible in order to strengthen it. The school and his parents took
this advice and got the crutches for him, which he learnt to use
Modou Lamin getting used
to his crutches
Douglas visited The Gambia in February 2010
and Pippa took him to meet and personally examine Modou Lamin for
the first time. He then made an appointment with Dr Hani, of the
Orthopaedic Department in the
Teaching Hospital in Banjul to discuss the possibility of an
operation on Modou Lamin's leg. Following these discussions Dr Hani
performed the operation with great success, and Modou Lamin has made
an excellent recovery.
Modou Lamin after his op
and at home with some of his family
Douglas has looked at photos of Modou
Lamin's leg taken several weeks after the operation and is very encouraged by his progress. The next stage
will be fitting a prosthetic leg. The Social Welfare Service, based
beside the hospital, has a limb fitting department. They may require
a contribution to the cost of materials, and the family will
certainly require help with the logistics and the costs of multiple
appointments for Modou for limb-fitting and physiotherapy.
In May 2010 Pageant launched an appeal to
pay for these costs, with a target of £700. We are pleased to
announce that your donations exceeded our expectations, with a total
of £868 raised. Modou Lamin is soon going to the clinic to get his
new leg fitted. We are closing this appeal for the moment and thank
everyone for their generosity. We may re-open the appeal in the
future as Modou Lamin grows and needs more prosthetic treatment.
Meanwhile we will use this page to keep you updated on Modou Lamin's
Sad news about Modou Lamin's friend Lamin
Lamin J, a 13 year old boy from the
North Bank region, had a similar operation at the same time as Modou Lamin,
and they became friends. We put Lamin J on our sponsorship page, in
the hope of finding a sponsor to help in his difficult time at
school. We have just received the sad news that Lamin has died
following a fall which re-opened the wound on his stump. This became
infected and was not treated early enough.
And some good news for another friend...
Nuha J is another young boy who was at Jambanjelly
Nursery School, and is now at Lower Basic
School. He befriended Modou Lamin, and has helped
him enormously through difficult times. Nuha is also from a poor family,
who found it difficult to afford the school fees. We
therefore put Nuha on our sponsorship page, and we are pleased to
report that he found a sponsor. He will now be able to continue attending school, and help
to support Modou Lamin.
Update May 2011 - Modou Lamin making
Our original appeal aimed to raise £700 for
the cost of materials and multiple appointments for limb-fitting,
physiotherapy and associated expenses. Your generosity
meant that we exceeded DOUBLE that amount, ensuring that Modou Lamin
now has medical and physio support assured for several years to
come. He is now in Grade 1 at Jambanjelly Lower Basic School. When
Pippa went to the school in February 2011 he walked unaided across the classroom and
told her that he had been playing football the previous afternoon. He
is a very determined little boy.
Modou Lamin and Nuha
Modou Lamin outside the
So a HUGE THANK-YOU
to all who sent a donation for Modou Lamin's new leg.
We would also like to take this opportunity of thanking
Douglas Sammon for his continued support. He is still in contact with the
doctors and prosthetic clinicians at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul and sent out a
box of child-sized prosthetic parts in February 2011, for
which the Banjul clinic was very grateful.