DRC: Nine-year-old Eden wounded in Goma violence
Eden, a nine-year-old boy, was seriously injured in the recent fighting between the Armed Forces of the
A young boy is carried across the ward in Virunga hospital by a nurse. He has the distant look of a patient just coming round from general anaesthesia. “His name is
When the fighting started,
His family stayed in the living room of the house, hoping they would be safe from the shooting. Suddenly a shell came crashing in. Four family members died outright, while six others were seriously wounded, including
“We were unable to save
The five other members of
More than 480 people were wounded in less than a week in fighting that took place in and around Goma and neighbouring towns. Health facilities were unprepared for casualties on this scale.
“Hospitals were not ready to receive mass casualties,” says Jacky Bonnan. “Before MSF came to Virunga hospital, the hospital’s surgical team worked around the clock for 48 hours to stabilise patients despite a lack of resources. They did an amazing job.”
As soon as the violence eased, MSF sent a surgical team to strengthen the hospital’s case management. The team is currently performing around 10 surgical operations a day. MSF is also providing drugs and medical supplies to help with post-operative care for patients until they are ready to be discharged.