After nearly three decades, a woman has traveled thousands of miles to help a retired doctor recover from a major operation after the doctor’s kind gesture helped her undergo emergency Caesarean section, in Sierra Leone.
More than two decades ago, Catherine Conteh, who was then a pregnant teenager in war-torn Sierra Leone, received help from Dr. Keith Thompson, to undergo an emergency Caesarean section.
Dr. Thompson decided to pay for the required GHc 479.00 ($ 89.00) fee, which was then equivalent to a year’s salary in the war-torn country.
This gesture saved Catherine’s life and her baby's, and she later migrated to Australia with help from Dr. Thompson.
After nearly 26 years, Catherine Conteh has travelled all the way from Australia to help Keith Thomson, a retired doctor, recover from a major operation in his home in Ascot, Berkshire, England.
Catherine spoke in an interview from Perth in western Australia where she now lives.
She disclosed that during the ‘‘nasty’’ war in Sierra Leone, Dr. Thompson ensured her family was moved safely to Guinea Conakry and later to Ghana.
‘‘He’s been with us as a family, especially for me all these years by making sure I get quality of life…what I didn’t get as a child before I migrated to Australia,’’ Catherine said.
She revealed: ‘‘when I left Sierra Leone as a teenager, I had basic education and today…I am a qualified nurse.’’
Catherine further expressed enormous appreciation to Dr. Thompson: ‘‘It’s a huge privilege that was actually given to me by him asking me to come over,’’ she said.
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