“I will never make it without the help from these Chinese doctors, and I hope they will save me as I trust them and gives them the go ahead to treat me” This was the statement made by her before the operation.”
Dr Kamara advised her that she needs a surgery after he noticed the severe situation. He called Dr Lin Chen to take over and save her life.
When Sylvia was brought to the hospital Dr Lin Chen without any hesitation started the diagnosis and discovered that she has, incarcerated linea alba hernia accompanied by small bowel necrosis. Dr Chen said she needs emergency surgery that should be performed immediately to save her life.
She was in the condition of infectious shock due to necrosis of intestine, her heart rate was rather high and blood pressure was lower than 80/50mmHg.
After the diagnosis of incarcerated traumatic abdominal wall hernia was made and emergency operation was performed by Dr Chen. At surgery, disruption of the fascia and the peritoneum at the linea alba and the necrotic incarcerated small intestine were found. No injuries of other intra-abdominal organs were seen so that the resection of the small intestine and direct suture closure for hernia repair were performed.
Dr Chen said with the help of the other team members including anesthetist Yong Yang, Nurse Congjun Zheng and the Sierra Leonean staff the operation went well and they are happy for saving her life.
Dr. Chen said Sylvia is doing fine and has discharged after a week. He said he and his team were happy to have saved a precious life and they will continue to do that so long they have the opportunity.
“On Friday when she left the hospital she was so happy that she can work and look normal and she thanked all of us for saving her life and said she will never forgot what I have done for her. I was very happy for the sentiments made by her and hope that she will continue to follow the instructions given to her so that she will be strong and return back to work.”
Abdominal hernias are defined as the abnormal protrusion of intra-abdominal contents through congenital/acquired areas of weakness in the abdominal wall. The four categories of anatomically-classified abdominal hernias include the following: ventral hernias (e.g., epigastric, umbilical, incisional hernias), groin hernias (inguinal and femoral hernias), pelvic hernias (obturator, sciatic, and perineal hernias), and flank/lumbar hernias. Groin hernias are discussed in more detail in their respective learning cards. Inguinal, incisional, and umbilical hernias are the most common types of hernias.