- A graduate by name Oscar Akunor Dei has presented a gift to Dr. Frimpong-Baoteng for saving his life when he was just one year old
- He was one of the children who were saved at the Cardiothoracic Centre at Korle-Bu in 1990
- Oscar and his parents have expressed sincere gratitude to the surgeon for saving his life
Oscar Akunor Dei, a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has called on Professor Frimpong-Boateng with a thank you note and gift.
Oscar was one of the children who were saved at the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital when the centre was set up.
The surgery was performed free of charge by Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng who is currently the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation.
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Oscar Dei, who was only a year old when he suffered a congenital heart disease, commonly known as hole in heart has thus returned to thank the surgeon for saving his life.
He now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from KNUST.
Oscar, in the company of his parents, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oforikrom in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Dr Emmanuel Marfo, were at Prof. Frimpong-Boateng offices in Accra to express his appreciation.
“What brought me here today is basically to come and see the man through whom I would say God saved my life when I was a baby; I actually knew nothing. It is a great pleasure. I am really glad today to see you and be able to say thank you for the service you rendered. I am here just to thank you. We really appreciate what you did for us,” an emotional Oscar said.
Mr Dei who is now a Research Assistant at the Physiology Department, School of Medical Sciences at KNUST, also expressed joy for meeting Prof. Frimpong-Boateng for the first time.
According to Oscar’s mother, Mrs Gladys Asiedua Dei, her son was diagnosed of the disease when Prof. Frimpong-Boateng had just returned from Germany to establish the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and “he didn’t even have an office.”
Oscar’s father, Mr Joshua Kingsley Dei, added: “People learn abroad and stay there forever but he made himself available to be of help to his country. He has been able to save lots of souls through that decision he made. We thank him so much, and may God bless him.”
Mr Dei further explained that two months prior to his son’s diagnosis, “someone had the same condition and died but my son is alive today by the grace of God through Prof. We are so much grateful.”
For his part, the MP, who also facilitated the meeting, called on health workers to put in their best efforts to save lives at all times.
“Although government hospitals or facilities may not be adequate, we should do our best to save lives so that in future when you see somebody that you worked hard to save through the grace of God, you will be happy that you did something good for humanity,” he said.
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