updated 4/27/2011 10:47:14 AM ET 2011-04-27T14:47:14

BOSTON, April 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yusuf Badibanga, a nine year old boy from Democratic Republic of Congo, has received life saving surgery and treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Boston after sustaining severe electrical burns while playing hide and seek near a power station by his home.

Yusuf was burned from his chest to his face in 2008, when he was 6 years old. His father initially borrowed $100 from friends to pay for transportation to the Good Shepherd Hospital in Tshikaji Congo. The doctors at Good Shepherd amputated his right arm and when they had done all they could for Yusuf, they looked to volunteers from a North Carolina Presbyterian church who began raising funds in 2009 to bring him to the United States for treatment.

When contacted by church members, Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Boston agreed to accept Yusuf Badibanga as a patient. The severity of the burns caused his affected areas to contract inwards during the three years since the accident, leaving Yusuf's head falling to his right shoulder. Yusuf and his father arrived in Boston from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January, 2011 and in February, underwent a five-hour procedure, in which surgeons grafted skin from his thigh to his upper right side. The surgery, followed by extensive therapy, has allowed Yusuf to hold his head upright and given him more comfort and mobility.

He and his father are thankful for the wonderful medical treatment he has received. They plan to return home in May with a group from Myers Park Presbyterian. Before he leaves Boston, doctors plan to fit Yusuf with a prosthetic arm.

Contact:
Kathy Golden
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston
617.371.4784
kgolden@shrinenet.org

About Shriners Hospitals for Children®

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

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