Back after life-saving surgery, Boi enjoys a Missouri summer
9:33 PM, Aug 17, 2010
12:00 PM, Aug 18, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - First they saved his life. Then they made him part of their
Two women who volunteer for Medical Missions Foundation continue
to care for a little boy they rescued from certain death after
meeting him nearly three years ago in a an African medical
Back then the little boy named Boi had little time and even less
hope. A benign tumor that started on his cheek had taken over his
face, destroying his teeth and gums and nearly covering his
A network of fast acting volunteers got Boi to Kansas City in
time to save his life with a marathon surgery that required
rebuilding his little face. He went home to Mali, Africa. But this
summer, he came back.
“I can’t imagine life without him,” said Dr.
Tammy Neblock-Beirne one of the volunteers who found him in the
African clinic. “It has been a wonderful experience for our
Boi spent the summer swimming, water skiing, and riding his bike
with Neblock-Beirne, and her husband and children.
Boi also visited California with Abigail Hayo, another
volunteer. He visited Branson, Missouri with Hayo and her two
His favorite part of this summer vacation in America?
“Rollercoaster,” said Boi.
As summer draws to a close, Boi is returning home to his small
village in Mali. As kids here go back to school, Boi will now have
the chance to attend class in a new school built with funds raised
by Neblock-Beirne and Hayo.
And it is possible Boi will come back to Kansas City next
“Let’s say we are planning one year at a
time,” said Hayo. I can’t tell you what his future will
bring. I hope it brings everything that he wants and I hope it will
include coming here to visit us and our families. “