13-year-old Ghanaian boy loses his face in fire accident; pleads for help for a surgery

13-year-old Ghanaian boy loses his face in fire accident; pleads for help for a surgery

A 13-year-old student named Sunday Agonkurigo, who lost a good part of the skin on his face in a fire in the Upper East region, is in need of support to help him regain some dignity among his peers.

Sunday's unfortunate incident took place when he was just two weeks old.

Starr.com.gh reports that the young boy has become a social pariah among his colleagues at school and society at large.

According to the headteacher of Sunday's school Goo-Atandaa Primary School in Bongo district: "The first time I was posted there he (Sunday) was the first person that approached me. I nearly ran away.”

“I feel very, very sorry about him. It makes the boy’s life very miserable.

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“I feel very, very sorry about him. It makes the boy’s life very miserable.

And because of his condition, his friends don’t want to play with him. I observe that when they are in class, people want to sit isolated from him. They don’t want to sit near him because of the condition.”

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Sunday Agonkurigo. Photo credit: Starrfm.com.gh
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According to one of the boy’s relatives, Pascal Ayamga, the boy was alone inside a straw-roofed mudroom when fire erupted and engulfed the lonely hut at nightfall.

His mother was fetching water not too far away and his father, Akensaka, was returning from where he had gone to answer to nature’s call when he saw his house in flames from afar.

He raced down to the burning hut and, rather ready to die than watch his treasured son cremated alive, courageously scampered through the red flames as the baby whimpered.

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At present, he wears a pair of dark glasses given to him by Starr News Upper East regional correspondent to protect his lidless eyes from dust and to reduce the stigma the facial scar is fomenting.

Sunday knows only a plastic surgery can change everything.

He and his younger brother are being raised by their poor father alone as their mother is said to have walked away from her marriage in the middle of the crisis.

Sunday wants help from well-meaning members of the Ghanaian public. Any corrective surgery would go a long way to give him some much needed dignity and respect.

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