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General News of Thursday, 23 January 2020


How an accident got a Ghanaian-British holidaying in Ghana bedridden

Eric came down for holidays but is unable to return because of the accident Eric came down for holidays but is unable to return because of the accident

“I was going to Prampram with a friend in an uber car, the other car was overtaking and we collided. My friend and I were hurt but the driver of our car, nothing happened to him,” the story of a Ghanaian-British who is bedridden after an accident during his return to Ghana in December for the holidays.

Narrating his story on Joy FM, Eric, who joined the host of Ghanaians who returned during the yuletide to celebrate with friends and family said the experience has left him devastated.

The unexpected event has left a life-changing mark and a lot of pain for him and unfortunately, the driver who did the hitting escaped unhurt and fled the scene.

“Apart from damage to my head, I had broken legs, they were fractured and I was sent to a private hospital called Greenville and later rushed to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. I was taken in on December 6, 2019, and discharged on January 6, 2020, after the surgery,” the shattered pensioner said.

Eric’s surgery involved the insertion of silicone orthopaedic implants into his thighs to support the damaged bones in his legs.

“As we speak, I’m in bed. I can’t walk. I can’t stand on my legs. So that is the damage that has been caused to me...I feel let down that coming to Ghana for holiday, to end up this way...I can’t get my head around it.”

“I can’t get my head around the way things are done in this country (Ghana). The driver of the 4x4 wheel drive car drove away...he ran away from the scene. I don't know whether the police have arrested him or not.”

“I’m bedridden now, the police visited me at Korle-Bu once. What they are doing so far, I don’t know,” the almost teary man said.

Eric now has to depend on two nurses who help him with movement and his current health condition to avoid exacerbation of the situation.

According to one of the nurses, Eric is expected to start moving in six weeks.

Meanwhile, Eric says the incident has affected everything.

“I don’t have money in Ghana, I don’t have a bank account, I don’t have insurance to rent an air ambulance to take me. I don’t have the money for that. The little money that I have with me, I’m relying on friends and family.”

“They have been so helpful. The hospital bills...everything is huge. I had to buy a bed, I had to buy a wheelchair, I had to buy a mattress...I feel let down.”

He currently has minor physiotherapy sessions twice a week to at least relearn muscle movement.

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