Missions to Ethiopia with Project Harar
Minchin (top left) joined two consultants from the Trust, Professor Mark McGurk
(top centre) and Dr
Joseph Azzopardi (bottom centre) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, to assist in providing
facial reconstructive surgery to children. Many suffered from noma, a
gangrenous disease which destroys facial tissue and leaves sufferers painfully
disfigured, whiles others had tumours or had been attacked by hyenas.
McGurk (right and down), an oral and
maxillofacial surgeon at the Trust, has made three trips to the city so far,
and has treated nearly 100 patients in all. He said: "About half the
patients I've seen suffered from varying degrees of noma. Because of a lack of
medical facilities in the country, those with benign, slow growing lesions can
develop gross facial deformity if they go untreated. "
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15 July 2010
Fundraising concert in aid of Head and Neck Cancer
offers new hope for patients
Elizabeth Lloyd, who is in her early 50s, was diagnosed with
head and neck cancer after her dentist referred her to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS
Foundation Trust to get a lump on her chin investigated. The hospital diagnosed her
immediately and within a matter of weeks she began a series of life-saving
operations. To say thank you for her care and to raise funds to help develop state of the
art services at the hospital, Elizabeth, (a former manager of a leading English
composer), organised a classical concert at the Tower of London on Wednesday 14th
Professor Mark McGurk, a consultant surgeon in the head and neck
department, carried out the operation on Elizabeth,
which involved removing half of her tongue and
replacing it with transplanted tissue from her arm. This, together
with eight weeks of daily radical
radiotherapy, meant that Elizabeth's cancer went into remission.
"I am indebted to Guy's and St Thomas' for their excellent
care and treatment; I always felt that I was in competent hands and that I would
eventually recover. I feel that I'm now well again and back leading a full life, just as
busy as previously," Elizabeth said.