In October 2015, a 14-year-old boy named Hassan came into our clinic in Malindi, Kenya with severe injuries to his face and jaw.

In the area where he lives, several quarries use dynamite with a fuse cable made of copper and explosive charges. His younger brothers found some of this cable while herding their sheep, and brought it home assuming that it was copper wire, which is commonly attached to batteries to create home-made lamps. That night, Hassan attached the cable to a battery so he could do his homework, and it exploded upwards into his face. 

His upper and lower jaw were shattered, his lips torn away, and his mouth distorted. He could not eat or talk. Uncomfortable with his appearance, he kept his face hidden.

Hassan after his first surgery.

Hassan after his first surgery.

We reconstructed his lower jaw using a piece of bone from his leg in a surgery called fibula osteocutaneous free flap in 2015, and in October 2016 did further repairs to his face. He is now at Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, and (unusually) his father has been allowed to stay with him there. We have committed to helping the Caris Foundation and Kenya Ear Nose and Throat Society to pay for his care. Our surgeries and care have been provided free of cost, but Kenyatta Hospital must be paid for his ongoing treatment: drugs, nursing services, operating room charges, meals, and bed charges. His poor, rural farming family does not having any funds.

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