Mother Seeks Help for Baby Daughter

first_imgMargaret Clark, 41, of Sanquin, Sinoe County, wants urgent medical help to fix the cleft lip of her 19 month old baby girl, Helena Tugbe.Little Helene’s cleft lip reveals her teeth as it stretches toward her left nose.“I want help for my baby,” Ms. Clark, a mother of five told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday.Presently visiting relatives in Monrovia to seek help for her daughter, she said she had visited several hospitals and health centers in Monrovia for assistance without success.“I’ve been to the JFK Memorial Hospital,” she said, “but doctors there told me to wait for Mercy Ship.”She said she was told that the Mercy Ship usually comes to Liberia with doctors who perform many surgeries, including those with cleft lip, free of charge.“I am a farmer in Sanquin,” Ms. Clark said, “and I grow small cassava, plantain and rice to feed my family of seven and so I don’t have money to fix my daughter’s mouth.”Ms. Clarke said her husband, Kennedy Tugbe, who is presently in Sanquin, is also a small farmer.Ms. Clark said she had also visited the Redemption Hospital and was told that her only chance for her daughter’s cleft lip to be corrected would be when the Mercy Ship is in the country.“I have been waiting for the Mercy Ship since 2014 then Ebola came,” she said.Mercy Ship is a hospital ship that provides free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent. It has five operating theatres, recovery, intensive care, and low dependency wards—totaling 78 patient beds. For over 35 years, Mercy Ships has delivered free services valued at more than $1 billion—directly impacting more than 2.5 million children and families.Unfortunately for little Helena Tugbe and many others who are waiting for Mercy Ship, its website does not indicate how soon it will return to Liberia. Mercy Ship, according to its website, is scheduled to arrive in Tamatave, Madagascar on August 2015 and will depart from there on June 2016.Humanitarian organizations and individuals able to assist should please call: Rachel 0775-085-944 and Aloysius 0775-204-882. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Napoli’s Milik defiant over title chances after Parma double

first_imgBut the Pole is convinced that Carlo Ancelotti’s side still have a chance of making a major upset ahead of their clash with Juve in Naples next week.“Juve are far away but next week we want to play well against them at the (Stadio) San Paolo,” said Milik, who now has 14 league goals for the season.“We’re a long way from the title but we need to keep going and hope that they go through a bad patch.”Earlier on Sunday, Paulo Dybala came off the bench to temporarily send Juventus 16 points clear with a simple 67th-minute winner, after which Napoli walloped Parma in an impressive display that included their first league goals in three weeks.Piotr Zielinski opening the scoring in the 19th minute before Milik bagged his brace and Adam Ounas completed the rout with an angled strike at the end of a superb passing move eight minutes from the end.The win puts Napoli 10 points ahead of third-place Inter Milan, who travel to Fiorentina in Sunday’s late game, although their chances of a first title since the days of Diego Maradona remain slim.Juventus know that anything other than a defeat next Sunday effectively seals their eighth straight league title before they try to overhaul a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last-16 second leg at the Allianz Stadium.“We’ll be up against an even more defensive Atletico, we’ll have to be even more quick and precise with our passes, something that we weren’t today,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.“I’m convinced we can go through.”– Roma fightback –Bologna stay third-from-bottom on 18 points and three from safety, despite pushing Juve, much-changed from the side that lost in Madrid midweek, all the way and almost equalising in the final minute when Mattia Perin pushed Nicola Sansone’s long-range drive onto the post.SPAL picked a point at Sassuolo and moved five points ahead of Bologna thanks to Andrea Petagna’s 68th-minute equaliser from the spot.Rock-bottom Chievo held Genoa to a goalless draw.Sampdoria’s veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella struck the winner from the spot in the second half against Cagliari to bag his 17th goal of the season. Ninth-place Sampdoria remain in touch with the European places.On Saturday, Edin Dzeko’s 95th-minute winner completed Roma’s fightback at lowly Frosinone as they won 3-2 to keep pace with fourth-placed AC Milan, easy 3-0 winners at home to Bologna’s relegation rivals Empoli on Friday night.The Bosnian’s winner keeps Roma one point behind Milan, who occupy the final Champions League place, ahead of next week’s Rome derby against Lazio.Lazio are six points behind Roma after their match with Udinese set for Monday night was postponed as it was considered too close to the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final against Milan.Simone Inzaghi’s side are level on 38 points with Atalanta and Torino, who beat Atalanta 2-0 on Saturday with goals either side of half-time from Armando Izzo and Iago Falque.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik still believes in an unlikely Serie A title triumph despite the 13-point gap separating them from leaders Juventus © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOMilan, Italy, Feb 24 – Defiant Arkadiusz Milik says Napoli still believe in an unlikely Serie A title triumph after his brace helped his team to a comfortable 4-0 win at Parma on Sunday, despite the yawning gap separating them from leaders Juventus.Striker Milik struck twice either side of half-time, his first a cheeky free-kick under the wall Parma and past Luigi Sepe, as Napoli stayed 13 points behind reigning champions Juve, who look odds-on for their eighth straight Scudetto.last_img read more