The family of less than a year-old baby, Akua Aseda Twumasi-Ankrah, diagnosed with vascular septal defect (hole-in-heart) has appealed to the general public for support in order to save her life.
Father of Akua Aseda, Ampofo Twumasi-Ankrah, who made the appeal through DAILY GUIDE, said the little girl was diagnosed with the condition six weeks after she was born on April 22, 2015.
Mr Twumasi-Ankrah intimated that “on April 22, 2015, we welcomed baby Aseda, she is the third child of three siblings; five-year-old sister named Nhyira and a three-year-old brother called Adom, both alive and well.”
According to him, “After six weeks at birth while clinging on my chest I, noticed an abnormal breathing pattern, adding that she (Akua Aseda Twumasi-Ankrah) was rushed to the hospital where her cardiograph revealed an abnormal heart defect called vascular septal defect (hole-in-heart).”
Due to her declining health, he said she has been referred to the Miot International Centre for Children’s Cardiac Care in Chennai, India, where her condition is expected to be surgically corrected.
Mr Twumasi-Ankrah disclosed that the total amount of money required for his daughter’s surgery is $8,500 and that of air ticket is $3,500 summing up to $12,000.
He lamented that Dr N.A Yao, consultant paediatric and congenital cardiologist of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Cardiothoracic Centre, has warned that “she is at a high risk of developing irreversible pulmonary hypertension.”
Any support from the public, according to Mr Twumasi-Ankrah, can be done via the MTN mobile number 0243984170 or Airtel number 0268852897.
By Melvin Tarlue