Aissa from Cameroon

Name:  Aissa

Date of Birth:  2003

Date of Contact:  May 2009

Location:  Northern Cameroon

Condition:  Noma – an infection caused by severe malnutrition whereby the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth destroy the facial tissues.

Operation:  Facial reconstruction – using a temporalis muscle flap and skin graft – onboard Mercy Ships, Togo. At the end of November 2011 Aissa underwent the second stage noma reconstruction.

Current Needs:  Aissa and her younger sister (Aissatou) live in Mouda Childrens Home and School for 9 months of the year and return to the village regularly to visit their grandmother and father.