Health News of Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The single mother of an 11-month-old girl who was born without an anus has made a passionate plea to the government, caring individuals and organisations to fund an operating which will correct the problem.
Madam Vivian Aboagye, a single parent whose husband left her when he realised his daughter was suffering from the abnormality, said she saw that soon after baby Vivian was born that she could not attend the call of nature and rushed her to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The hospital performed an operation on her stomach to enable her to pass waste. But now Madam Aboagye says she needs GHS5,500 for doctors to perform two more sugeries to fix the defect.
A letter of appeal signed by Dr W Appeadu-Mensah, a consultant paediatric surgeon and health of the paediatric unit of the University of Ghana Medical School stated that a colostomy had been performed on the baby to allow temporary passage of waste through the abdominal wall.
"The baby needs further investigations estimated at GHS500 and the costs of surgery estimated at GHS3,000 and GHS2,000 respectively," he said.
He urged donors to channel their donations through the Paediatric Surgery Unit, Ghana Commercial Bank, Korle Bu Branch, Accra.
Donations can also be made to the Graphic Needy Fund, Graphic Communications Group Limited in Accra or through Mr Randy Kwasi Azor, Account Number 0011016227, Barclays Bank, Kasoa Branch.