A teacher left paralysed after an unfortunate accident needs urgent financial assistance to undergo surgery if he is to walk again.
Alexander Adu Kankam, a resident of Suhum in the Eastern Region, got knocked down by a trailer while on his way to board a car to Afram Plains [where he was teaching].
The injuries sustained affected his spinal cord and have rendered him paralysed from his waist down.
A graduate of the Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong, Alex had been teaching for three years and living a normal life until February 3, 2016, when his life took a downturn.
Narrating his story to YEN.com.gh, Alex said:
"It all happened at dawn on 3rd February 2016 at the Suhum roundabout (over-head): I was on my way to board a car to Afram Plains (where I teach) with a friend.
On our way, we saw a trailer trying to overtake a VIP bus under the over-head.
Due to the narrowness of the road, the trailer skidded from the main road to the pedestrian walkway, running into my friend and I.
All I could remember from that point was me lying in the middle of the road calling for help. I later found out that my friend died."
Alex was rushed to the Suhum Government Hospital from where he was referred to Koforidua St. Joseph Hospital and later referred to 37 Military Hospital.
At the 37 Military Hospital, he underwent a surgery on his right leg while another one on his spinal cord was postponed because of the existence of a sore at the region the operation was supposed to take place.
After five months at 37, Alex was discharged to go and treat the wounds and report back when they were healed.
It was after the wounds he and Alex reported back to the 37 Military Hospital that he was plainly told to "accept that this is how I would be because the surgery on my spinal cord was supposed to help me sit but since I can now sit without the surgery there won’t be any surgery for me again."
Desperate for a solution, Alex and his family tried everything from herbal, physical therapy to spiritual means.
But there was no improvement and all those measures drained Alex and his family financially.
"My injury has made me lose control of my urine, bowel movement (toilet) and have to battle severe pains, tingling and burning sensations which give me sleepless nights since February 2016.
"I even sometimes have to use my hands to pull out my faeces after days of not passing out.
"It has also caused me and my parents to spend all we have and through all this, I lost my mom last year to cervical cancer", he told YEN.com.gh.
Now, there is a possibility that Alex can walk again through a stem cell therapy but he does not have the means to pay for the surgery.
According to Alex, his checks with doctors at a hospital in Mumbai, India where the surgery is to take place indicate that it would cost $18,000 for him to walk again.
"I contacted the doctors and after accessing my documents they said I would need $18 000.00 for the stem cell therapy to help me walk again", Alex revealed to YEN.com.gh.
Alex is, therefore, making a passionate appeal to "everyone to help me raise this amount to go for the treatment."
For those of us who are touched and would want to donate to Alex, you can directly pay into the account below:
MTN MOBILE MONEY NUMBER 0246862202
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2211070000023 ( GCB BANK) DONKOKROM BRANCH
ACCOUNT NAME: ALEXANDER KANKAM
You can also contact Alex through the following numbers for more information: 0246862202/ 0505879028.
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