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Boy, 3, with external organs outside his abdomen has successful operation

The father of a three-year-old boy born with organs outside his abdomen has said he “cannot express the joy” following a successful operation.

Ethan Suglo, from Ghana, was flown to Oxford to be treated for exomphalos.

In 2015 doctors David and Jacquie Williams met Ethan in Ghana and helped raise £39,000 to fly him over for surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Charles Suglo commended everyone at the hospital for a “marvellous job… [they were] fantastic”, he said.

Charles Suglo, David Williams and Ethan
Image copyrightETHAN’S LIFESAVING SURGERY
Image captionDr David Williams first met Ethan while visiting Ghana
Ethan and Charles at the airportImage copyright ETHAN’S LIFESAVING SURGERY
Image captionEthan and his father Charles arrived in the UK last month to prepare for the surgery

Exomphalos can prove fatal and doctors in Ghana and Nigeria were unable to help, although it is regularly treated in the UK.

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Paediatric surgeon Hugh Grant said helping Ethan had been “very fulfilling” and “very rewarding”.

Mr Suglo said: “I was amazed to see what has happened… each and every day we see much progress about his health.

“Ethan is happy, playing, chatting, eating, drinking, so life is back for him. It was a great relief. We cannot express the joy.

Ethan at David's local churchImage copyright ETHAN’S LIFESAVING SURGERY
Image captionMembers of the community held bake sales and ran marathons to raise money to help treat Ethan

“I just say ‘wow, I have peace of mind, everything is going to run smoothly in the family.’”

Mr Suglo said he expected Ethan to be observed at the hospital for a few more weeks before they returned to Ghana, where his mother Bless is waiting.

Mr and Mrs Williams, from Stretton-on-Fosse, Warwickshire, met Charles at the radio station where he works while visiting their daughter Laura who was doing voluntary work.

He asked them to look at his son, who he said had “a swollen tummy”.

“I thought I would be examining a normal African child with malnutrition,” Mr Williams said.

“But it was clear he had a major abdominal defect.”