Oumar Dolo, 25, had been experiencing pain in his tooth for two weeks. He came to our Dental Clinic for a free examination where he was diagnosed with a tooth abscess. The tooth was extracted, and he went home, but two days later he was brought back to the dental clinic. Oumar had developed Ludwig’s Angina, a bacterial infection of the mouth, which can develop after a tooth abscess.

The swelling was closing his airway and he was losing his ability to breath. Oumar was transported to the Africa Mercy, where he received an emergency surgical irrigation and drainage of his face. After spending several days in Intensive Care, requiring 24-hour nursing care, artificial ventilation, and large doses of antibiotics, Oumar’s condition stabilised and he was transported to the ward. A week later, he walked away from our floating hospital completely healthy.