Lassine came in with this huge, foul smelling abcess that orignated in his kidney. As you can see the skin was necrotic from the infection. Working in medicine, especially in Africa, you get used to smells. This, however, was one of the worst. For days the smell permeated all the rooms around where he was staying. He had surgery to remove the abcess and dead tissue, which included part of his 12th rib, and has remained in the hospital for dressing changes and antibiotic treatment.
He is doing well, healing nicely and gaining weight. It's hard to see in the picture above but he was quite malnourished at the time of his arrival. Thankfully he is doing well now! Isn't he precious?