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General News of Friday, 15 February 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Gabby Otchere Darko, McDan CEO pays for sick boy's surgery

Dr. Oko Boye (Right) receiving cheque for the boy's surgery

Founder of Danquah Institute and Chief Exceutive Officer of McDan Shipping have paid for the surgical process of a young boy who had a closed oesophagus and could not eat or swallow anything.

Gabby Otchere Darko and Daniel McKorley rescued the sick young boy from street preachers around the Sikelele traffic light, near Emmanuel Eye Clinic at Legon in Accra, who were using the boy to collect arms.

Mr. Otchere Darko told the Board Chairman of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Okoe Boye “apparently, they had been there for weeks. I stopped and took the boy from there and with the help of a philanthropic neighbour the boy was sent to Korle Bu.”

The little boy had accidentally drunk caustic soda and could no longer eat through the normal way because his oesophagus was damaged.

Oesophagus is the tube that leads from the mouth and passes through the throat to the stomach. Ingested food or drink goes down this tube into the stomach.

As a result of the stricture, the child was unable to swallow food and hence a bypass was created on the abdomen to feed the child.

However, the tube had been infected which put the boy’s life in danger, which made it impossible for him to sit.

The boy had to undergo endoscopic dilatation of the oesophagus using balloons at the cost of $3,500.

It is a procedure used to open up the Oesophagus that closes through a stricture developed as a form of injury when the child drinks caustic soda.

Dr. Oko Boye revealed Mr. Otchere Darko and Mr. McKorley donated a sum of $3,500 to cover the cost of the much-needed surgery for the young boy.

He said the young boy is doing better after the surgery.