Polio confines female teacher to wheelchair …she needs urgent help to undergo surgery

Polio confines female teacher to wheelchair …she needs urgent help to undergo surgery

Some things happen in life which are beyond human comprehension. A case in point is a 50 year-old class four English Language teacher of Ave Maria School, a suburb of Accra who has stopped teaching due to a debilitating illness.

This sad situation has truncated the professional calling of Madam Felicia Kwakye, a single parent who started her teaching career with passion to serve God and country as well as contribute her quota to human resource development.

But, alas, she is confined to a wheel chair as a result of “late complication of poliomyelitis which eventually led to severe arthritis of both knees.”

In view of the aforementioned situation, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the nation’s priemier health facility, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital,  Dr Agbeko Ocloo has said  that owing to years of non-operative treatement, a decision has been taken to proceed with surgery because of Madam Kwakye’s deteriorating condition which requires “bilateral total knee replacement.”

According to the surgeon, the treatment is not available in Ghana, therefore, the patient would need financial assistance to have the surgery done on her outside the country.

Narrating her painful situation to this reporter last Tuesday, Madam Felicia Kwakye said that a total knee replacement and other expenses relative to her treatment would cost approximately 45,000 pounds sterling.

She said that she had been able to raise part of the money amounting to 25,000 pounds and needs 20,000 pounds to meet the full cost of her treatment abroad.

Ms Kwakye yearns to go back to the classroom to teach her pupils but due to constant intense pains all over her body she cannot do so.

According to her, she prays and hopes for divine intervention from well meaning individuals, corporate bodies, NGOs and governement institutions to help her raise the funds for her surgery as she presently relies on physiotherapy to ease  her pains and it costs her GH₵450.00 weekly and that is also a challenge to her because she is not working at the moment.

Financial assistance can be sent to MoMo number: 0244092136

Name of the account is Anastasia Adoma Kenyah or to The Spectator.

By Portia Hutton-Mills

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