Nine year-old child appeals for $8,000.00 to undergo surgery


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By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA

Bolgatanga, Jan. 26, GNA – Master Seyram
Kwasi Atakpah, a nine year-old-boy is appealing to philanthropic individuals
and institutions for $8,000.00 to assist him undergo a complex hole-in-heart
surgery known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Mr Kofi Enyonam Fedelis, father of the child
who is a Carpenter at the Wa School for the Deaf, made the appeal on behalf of
his son through the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga.

He said Master Atakpah suffered the
condition from birth, and was diagnosed by experts at the Korle-Bu Teaching
Hospital in Accra.

A letter dated 26th November, 2015 and
signed by Dr Baffoe Gyan on behalf of Dr Lawrence A. Sereboe, the Director of
National Cardiothoracic Centre which the father showed to the GNA, indicated
that Master Atakpah was a known patient at the Cardio Centre.

The letter directed payments to the National
Cardiothoracic Centre, and explained that “the cost of surgery, anaesthesia,
intensive care and ward stay etc is the cedi equivalent of Eight Thousand US
Dollars ($8,000.00).”

Mr Fedelis said efforts to raise the money
for the surgery yielded no results, and appealed to members of the public,
government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), philanthropists and other
benevolent organizations to help save his son’s life.

Master Atakpah is a pupil of Agdam
International School in Wa, in the Upper West Regional capital.