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The Life of a Village Child: An Autobiography of a Medical Doctor
by Francis Saa-Gandi
Mental prowess, for sure, can push any man to go a long way; take it along with sheer inner motivation, bush-and-street survival instinct, a lot of wit and charm, and a dose of encompassing humanity and you have a foolproof formula for success in any endeavor.
The Life of a Village Child: An Autobiography of a Medical Doctor, by Francis Saa-Gandi, is one such tale, making life in Sierra Leone leap off the pages with the blood and veins of the people who inhabit this country, while chronicling the story of the author who went through life by the grace of people outside of his own immediate family.
From the humble abodes of Sierra Leone, to the strict regimens of the schools and their unique administrators, Francis paints a picture that strikingly takes life at face value, making the best of it, making even a name for himself in his chosen field.
About the Author
Francis Saa-Gandi was born in the local diamond hospital (SLST) in Yengema. He grew up in the hinterland of Sierra Leone. For education, he attended non-Catholic primary schools in Kayima, Yengema and Segbwema and secondary schools in Mattru Jong and Dublin. He did his post-graduate studies in various hospitals in United Kingdom.
“I love to own books. I love to read books. Therefore, I love to write books.” He has contributed in writing books by coauthoring Paediatric Urology and Urinary Tract Stones in Children (for Mongolia). In the same vein, he had his works published in various peer-review medical journals. He is presently a Senior General and Urological Surgeon at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Port of Spain, and Associate Lecturer in Surgery at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
He is married with one daughter. On retirement, he wishes to go into subsistence farming and continue enjoying books.
(2012, paperback, 208 pages)