On October 31st, 2018, little Violet Yunike was knocked down by a motorcycle as she walked to school. By the end of the day an appeal had been launched and Chaffinch supporters were coming forward to help with the costs of her medical care. 12 days later we can bring you (almost) the full story…

October 31st

Following the accident (read more here), Violet was immediately carried to a local clinic for assessment but was quickly transferred to St. Mary’s Mission Hospital due to the severity of her injuries.
After blood tests and x-rays, we learned that Violet had sustained a significant head injury although thankfully with no indication of bleeding around the brain. However, the accident caused severe dental damage including several broken teeth, which were removed under anaesthesia.

Violet was admitted to the hospital for observation, to recover from the trauma and the dental surgery she had undergone. She was in a significant amount of pain and her injuries would require further assessment once the immediate risks from the head injury had lessened.

By this point, Chaffinch had sent urgent funding to cover Violet’s treatment and launched an appeal to our supporters for help covering these costs. The response was rapid and heartwarming.

November 1st

After a night in hospital, Violet remained in a lot of pain and her head appeared deformed due to the swelling underneath the skin. She was unable to eat but was managing some nutritional drinks.
Mama Aggy, and others from Future Stars, visited Violet who was able to get out of bed for a short time.
It was clear that the little girl was very frightened, confused, and upset. This was the first time she had been admitted to hospital and, with pain and trauma to manage as well, it was an overwhelming experience for a young child.

November 1st

After a night in hospital, Violet remained in a lot of pain and her head appeared deformed due to the swelling underneath the skin. She was unable to eat but was managing some nutritional drinks.
Mama Aggy, and others from Future Stars, visited Violet who was able to get out of bed for a short time.
It was clear that the little girl was very frightened, confused, and upset. This was the first time she had been admitted to hospital and, with pain and trauma to manage as well, it was an overwhelming experience for a young child.

November 2nd

The following day, Violet’s condition continued to improve. Her mother, Mercy Nyaboke, was able to visit her daughter and expressed her gratitude for the care Violet was receiving. As a single mother, frequently unable to work and living very much hand-to-mouth, paying for medical care would have been impossible. Without assistance, she would have had no choice but to watch her daughter suffer.

Still very upset and in a lot of pain, Violet was at least able to enjoy time with her mother and is pictured here sitting in her lap. Violet was experiencing problems with excessive saliva production and an inability to control the muscles required to stop this saliva leaving her mouth. At this stage, there was some question over whether this was nerve damage, a result of the head injury, or lingering effects of the dental surgery and anaesthesia.

November 5th

Reassessed by the doctor, it was hoped that Violet would be able to leave the hospital in a couple of days’ time. She was managing to eat and drink and was needing less pain relief. While still distressing, things were looking positive for Violet’s recovery.

November 6th

Violet’s mother reported that her daughter was feeling happier. It appeared that she was beginning to recover emotionally as well as physically.

November 7th

Violet was discharged from hospital in the evening and went home with her mother to continue her recovery. At this point, it was clear that she was going to make a good recovery although probably in need of further dental treatment. The external swelling to her head also needed to be monitored as an outpatient.

November 10th

The doctor reviewed Violet and said that she appeared to be recovering well.

November 11th

 

As you can see from the photographs, Violet is now a much happier little girl. She still has some way to go in her recovery as is clearly visible. The large lump on her forehead remains impressive and the fluid within will take time to dissipate. However, the danger posed by the head injury she sustained in the accident has now passed.

In addition to the lump on her head and the cosmetic wounds, her tongue will need time to heal. In the impact, it was sliced by her teeth and it’s not difficult to understand why there was such significant dental damage. It remains to be seen whether Violet will experience long-term issues with her teeth. Whilst those she had removed were ‘baby’ teeth, there is no way to know at present whether her adult teeth will grow as they should. Of course, she still has her upper front teeth and already something of the smile we remember.

The appeal

The response to our appeal was amazing. It has been so touching to see how many people felt able to donate. We raised enough money to cover all of Violet’s medical expenses and we will even have enough to replace her school uniform as well!
Violet’s mother is extremely grateful for the generosity of strangers. This is one of the joys of Chaffinch – showing that people care, even from thousands of miles away.

No child should have to suffer, when medical care can ease the pain, just because they were born into poverty.
Thanks!

Thanks!

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