Gloria Poku and other Latex Foam officials standing by little Attaa Afia and her mother after presenting the cash
LATEX FOAM Rubber Products Limited has helped to save the life of an eight-year-old girl who suffered severe esophagus complications after she accidentally drank caustic soda.
The acidic chemical, used to prepare soap, caused a severe damage to Attaa Afia’s esophagus, making it impossible for her to swallow anything, according to medical experts.
Afia developed a complication called ‘corrosive esophageal stricture’ and she urgently needed to be operated upon by medical experts at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi to save her life.
The little girl’s parents did not have the financial wherewithal to pay for the huge cost of the surgery and so they were compelled to fall onto Latex Foam to intervene to save the girl’s life.
Latex Foam also responded swiftly by paying a staggering GH¢8,000, being the full cost for surgery to be performed on Attaa Afia, a native of Bepoase, near Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region.
Public Relations Officer of Latex Foam in Kumasi, Gloria Opoku, who presented the cash on behalf of her company, said the support was part of Latex Foam’s corporate social responsibilities.
‘As a rubber products manufacturing company, we do not only donate to society, but we are also interested in the health and safety needs of our customers as well as the general public,’ she disclosed.
The Latex Foam PRO gave the assurance that the company would continue to play leading roles to help boost healthcare in the country, particularly, child health.
Dr. Michael Amoah, a Pediatric Surgeon and Head of Pediatric Surgery Unit of the hospital, who received the cheque on behalf little Attaa Afia, was very grateful to management of Latex Foam for the timely support.
He urged other corporate institutions and manufacturing companies to emulate Latex Foam’s shining example by also coming to the aid of patients that were struggling to foot their medical bills.
‘Currently, we have about 50 such cases awaiting surgery but the parents are unable to raise money for the surgery; and I want to use your medium to appeal to a lot more corporate bodies to come and help,’ Dr. Amoah appealed.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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