Geoffrey is an energetic young man. Unfortunately his life has not been an easy one; his story gives a picture of the negative outcomes of Rural-Urban migration. Geoffrey left his home in rural Uganda (Rakai) to live with his brother in Kampala. He says his brother mistreated him and this lead him to live on the streets and struggle to eek out a living from begging, stealing and eventually selling scrap metals.
One day a piece of metal fell on his foot and nearly severed his toes. He was taken to a public hospital where they made an attempt to save his toes by attaching them to his foot using some metals. Unfortunately the severed part of his foot died and became septic. He developed gangrene and the infection started to cause him pain in his whole leg.
He was found by a friend who used to be a street kid and was working with the organisation ‘Empower African Children’ at that time. His friend brought him to Hope Ward where our orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Alex amputated his dead toes and saved his leg.
Geoffrey was so grateful to Hope Ward and his friend was shocked to see that he had even put on some weight and look much happier after his time on the ward.
Below is a picture of Geoffrey before and after his surgery: