A multidisciplinary team at LFHC recently saved the life of a 2-year-old boy who was suffering from an “acute abdomen,” a medical emergency often associated with ruptured intestines or a perforated appendix.
The boy, Khamphan Nun, was feverish and dehydrated by diarrhea. After much questioning by staff, his family revealed that their son had been bitten by a dog in the scrotum and that he had an unrepaired inguinal hernia.
Khamphan was rushed into the Operating Theater, where a surgical team repaired a part of his intestine that had herniated into his scrotum and was then bit by the dog. The surgeon had to perform an ostomy.
The medical and nursing team then began the task of teaching Khamphan’s family about ostomy care. Child Life Therapist Kongmeng Sialee has been instrumental in helping the boy and his family cope with this major change in his life.
The nonprofit organization Friends of Ostomates Worldwide has donated large amounts of ostomy supplies for Khamphan.
A serious complication impairing Khamphan’s health was his severe weight loss and dehydration caused by a bowel perforation. What made this even worse was that he suffered diarrhea whenever attempts were made to renourish him, as he had lost most of his capacity to absorb complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. With special attention from the LFHC nutrition team, which included a complex plan using special formulas with pre-digested nutrients, Khamphan made a slow transition back to a regular diet.
After a little more than a month in LFHC, Khamphan was able to go home with his family. He returns every month to allow doctors to evaluate his ostomy and nutrition progress.