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Reading: Sierra Leone Coach Victoria Conteh Grateful to John Keister for Life-Saving Leg Amputation

Sierra Leone Coach Victoria Conteh Grateful to John Keister for Life-Saving Leg Amputation

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Victoria Conteh, the first woman to coach an elite men’s football club in Sierra Leone, has expressed her gratitude to national team boss John Keister for funding a life-saving operation to amputate her leg

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Conteh, who made history as the coach of men’s top-flight side East End Tigers, began experiencing issues with her left foot in July 2022. After losing a considerable amount of weight due to the pain, Keister advised her to see a doctor.

After seeking treatment at the police hospital in Freetown, Conteh’s condition worsened over the next four months. Keister then took her to a doctor who diagnosed her with a severe foot infection caused by stepping on a poison.

In November of last year, surgeons amputated Conteh’s leg, with Keister breaking the news to her. Despite the initial shock and sadness, Conteh has accepted her fate and is grateful for Keister’s support.

Keister, who considers Conteh a trusted friend and lieutenant, funded her treatment due to their close bond. He was deeply affected by the news and cried when he had to inform her about the amputation.

Conteh, who has also coached Sierra Leone’s women at under-20 level, remains thankful for Keister’s emotional and financial assistance during this difficult time.

As a player, Conteh represented top-flight side Ascentonians in Sierra Leone’s women’s league and earned six caps for her country. She comes from a footballing family and developed her love for the game at an early age, despite her mother’s initial disapproval.

Conteh’s story is one of resilience and determination, and she continues to inspire others with her positive outlook on life.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.
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