In June, I went to Guinea. It was a bit of an unexpected trip. A week earlier I had sent Osman on a mission to take a patient to the neurosurgeons at the hospital there. 8-year old Sulaiman came to us with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and needed more help than we could give him. Within the next week 2 more patients showed up needing to see a neurosurgeon - 7 year old Mamadu and 8 month old Sheik. We decided to take them to Guinea as well. So, at 6am on a Sunday morning Osman and I took two families to Guinea.
Osman and I had a bit of time on Monday afternoon to meet up with his brother and uncle which was fun. We then heard there was a naming ceremony taking place the next day at his aunt's house...so we ended up going there. It was an easy way for Osman and his brother to meet up with family. I'll just say it was an interesting experience! We had a special treat - a type of gari with a yoghurt like sauce - it was quite nice. After being social for a few hours we decided it was time to hit the road and get back to Freetown. We knew we had various checkpoints to battle and didn't want to delay our trip too much longer. Thankfully Osman dealt with all of the police officers on the way! Some were quite thoughtful and caring when they saw the patients on the back seat, but most didn't care and only wanted a bribe. Typical. Anyway, all in all it was a good trip.