General News of Thursday, 14 June 2018
Source: Daniel Kaku
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has paid a medical bill for a 14-year-old Hole in Heart patient, Josephine Adjei Yeboah to undergo a surgical operation at the Cardiothoracic Center at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Josephine Adjei Yeboah was diagnosed of the disease after being admitted at the Hospital in 2017.
The patient was billed with GHC40,000 and due to the inability of her parents to cater for the medical bills, she has since been lying on her sick bed for a year now.
During a short ceremony held at Prestea, Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi disclosed that she was informed of the situation by the patient’s mother and decided to come to her aid by going to the hospital to appeal to the doctors to reduce the medical bill.
According to her, the total cost of the surgery was GHC40,000 which was scaled down to GHC20,000 following her intervention.
“When the mother informed me about the situation I became so worried and I had to quickly see Dr. Lawrence Serebour and other doctors to see what we can do to help the child and they listened to my cries and reduced the total cost to 50%”, she stated.
Lawyer Barbara Oteng who is also the MP for Priestess Huni-Valley over the weekend presented a cheque of GHC20,000 to the mother of the patient at Prestea.
She thanked Dr. Lawrence Serebour, the Director of National Cardiothoracic Center at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for the kind gesture given to the patient.
She used the occasion to ask her constituents to pray for the patient so that she can go through a successful surgery.
“It is my prayer that God will give her life and grow and become a great personality in future”, she prayed.
Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi pledged her commitment to initiate more health programs to support her constituents.
On her part, the mother of the patient, Mrs. Helena Afriyie expressed her profound appreciation to the MP for the kind gesture given to the family.
According to the mother, the amount been demanded by the hospital was too much for her to save her daughter from dying but she added that God has been kind to her for touching the heart of the MP to donate this huge amount to the family.
“May Almighty God bless Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi for listening to our cries and give us this huge amount to save the life of our daughter, today is my daughter’s birthday”, she said.
She added, ”My daughter was diagnosed with Hole in Heart last year and has been on sick bed for this while and I have been looking for help and it was one day that I called my MP and informed her and she also promised to support my daughter and the MP has honoured her promise, I don’t know what to say and I’m very happy today and I pray that my daughter will go through a successful surgery”,
Some also extended their appreciation to the MP for stepping in to save the life of the child and also requested from other individuals and corporate institutions to come on board and support the MP to raise funds to needy children undergo surgeries, enroll them onto the NHIS as well as pay hospital bills if any parent who might needs support.
The presentation coincided with the patient’s birthday on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and the gathering and also the MP used the occasion to wish her long life.