Pethias received surgery to treat osteomyelitis, a bone infection that made it impossible for him to walk after he broke his femur.
Pethias underwent a procedure to remove the fragments of infected bone from the healthy bone, and his doctors report that it went very well. Because of your support, he’ll be walking to school again soon.
Pethias is a 16-year-old boy who, one day while he was walking to school, tripped and fell into a ditch. With a broken femur bone, he couldn’t even stand up to walk home. Luckily, a friend passed by and brought him back to his family. Pethias was taken to a hospital for surgery, but a month after he was discharged his leg became infected and swollen. Since then, Pethias had been dealing with chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection that weakens and slowly eats bone away.
Fortunately, Pethias and his mother were referred to the CURE Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Pethias was admitted for a sequestrectomy, a procedure that removes the fragment of infected bone from the healthy bone. Doctors at CURE say: “While he waits for his treatment we hope he feels encouraged and supported, not just by his family but the hospital staff as well.”