Impaled boy back at school

14 May 2019 | Health

A boy who was impaled on a broken chair during a classroom altercation last year has returned to school after undergoing bowel surgery on 22 March.

The family of Fortune Akawa (15) is thankful that the surgery has allowed him to return to school.

According to Akawa's mother, Sara Johannes, the operation was a success and the boy no longer uses an artificial bowel sphincter.

Akawa, a grade 8 leaner at Ongwediva Control Combined School, had been studying at home since a freak accident at the Oshakati West Primary School in October last year.

“Akawa had an operation in March and it was successful. He can now defecate on his own. I am so thankful to God and everyone who assisted me and the health professionals who assisted,” said Johannes.

“The operation was conducted at the state hospital, therefore it did not cost us a lot of money and we are so thankful.”

Akawa fell onto the exposed metal frame of a broken chair when he intervened in a squabble between his classmates.

He was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in an ambulance and had surgery that same day.





However, after the treatment he could not pass bowel movements and they inserted an artificial bowel sphincter.

He returned to school in November to write examinations and was promoted to grade 8.

Since grade7 was the last class at the Oshakati West Primary School, he was enrolled at Ongwediva Control Combined School this year but after a few days the principal called a meeting with his mother and he was given permission to continue his education from home.

The mother used to fetch his assignments from school every day and returned them for marking.

Before the operation Esser Shilimela of the charity organisation ESBA Pendukeni Foundation visited Akawa and his family and donated food and N$3 000 in cash toward his medical expenses.

ILENI NANDJATO

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