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General News of Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Defiled 5-year-old needs GHC15,000 for surgery

The health of a five-year-old girl in Offinso in the Ashanti region is deteriorating after she was defiled by a relative believed to be a cousin.

The victim, named only as Afia needs GHC15,000 for corrective surgery as an infection in her vaginal area worsens by the day.

She was diagnosed with Cystitis, an infection of the bladder, which makes it difficult for her to walk or pass waste.

The suspect, Kofi Dapaah,19, is reported to have had sex with her on countless occasions in the absence of the parents.

Narrating the incident, Afia's mother, Mrs Akua Akuada said three months ago,
she traveled with her husband, Mr Kojo Hian, to the Upper West for the funeral of her father-in-law, leaving Afia in Dapaah' care.

She told Joy News' Nurudeen Mohammed that, upon their return, Afia started complaining about general body pains especially in her waist then abdomen and she could not walk well.

Mrs Akuada said with tears Afia told her Dapaah had been having sex with her during their absence.

Afia's parents reported the case to the Offinso district police who arrested Dapaah and are working on putting him before the court.

Joy News source say her condition is, however, getting worse by the day and has been referred from the St. Patrick Hospital at Offinso to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where X-rays revealed she is also suffering from an intestinal obstruction.

The X-rays revealed small and large bowel obstruction with doctors saying Afia is likely to undergo two separate surgeries to correct this.

Her parents, who are local farm keepers in a cottage in Mumusu near Offinso have been evicted from their rented apartment.

Also, Mr Hian has also lost his job as a farm keeper, which has compounded the family's problem in finding medications for little Afia.

So far, the family is benefitting from the benevolence of a good Samaritan who wants to remain anonymous.