This is 4year old Mark Kukultie Ninjo who has been suffering from a condition called kyphosis ( Hunch Back) for the past 3 years and left at home as resources are not available to seek medical care in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The family says he started walking until two years ago when he complained of pains from the back, but each time they visited the hospital, they were treated and discharged. The condition did not improve until he finally gave up walking and has remained in one position to date. Unable to walk nor do anything to help himself. He sits all alone if his friends don’t come around from school and play with the sand.
- He finds it difficult to even sit, he sleep on parked pillows but on sideway, but relish going to school and cries each time all the children leave for school everyday, his parents will normally dress him in a school uniform to make him happy but the mother tells me she feels no school will admit him, in view of his state,he has to bend through out the day with the legs behind in one position unless moved by the mother or the father, his penis has developed blisters due to the long hours of sitting, he cannot be put behind and wrapped due to the pain coming from the hunch .His main structure is almost curved and partially deformed. Mark friends come around him only week ends,and even that he cannot follow them to wherever they play to, he shouts to play with them
The parents of young mark, Kwaku Ninjon met me yesterday and told me they have been advised to tell RadfordFM about their situation so we can tell their story to the world.’We have moved from hospital to hospital within and Upper west region and his situation is worst, yet no way forward for them,and I have sold everything I have and waiting on God”. Kwaku told us. Finally, Dr. Charles Wood, medical director for Sissala East disrict hospital has finally referred them to the KATH, Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital, Kumasi, but due to financial problem, it appears little Mark would be left at home as the father, a farmer has no resources again to take him to KATH where he is told he would require up to Twenty to Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis for the condition to be corrected.
On Sunday afternoon after visiting Mark and his parents, the father appealed to the general public for support. The mother told RadfordFM Marks’ situation makes it difficult for her to do anything for herself and the family as she must be around to move him from one position to the other or clean when he soils himself. Just when we visited them sunday afternoon,we heard the MP for Sissala West was in town, so RadfordFM led the parents to meet Him. Patrick Adamah. He instantly promised Five Thousand Ghana Cedis and asked us to appeal to others to support. He asked the Parents to let him know the Doctor to be assigned to take care of Mark.He appealed to Sissala East MP, Wa East MP to also support Mark who told me he wants to go to school.
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