In a touching story of sacrifice, a mother's attempt to save her son's life through kidney donation went sour and now, the pair have to contend with spending huge sums of money monthly to keep the young man alive.
A new report available to YEN.com.gh through Daily Graphic notes the story Ms Janet Donkor, a single mother of two who had barely recovered from a fire that burnt her beauty salon when her then 14-year-old son, Richard Kusi Yeboah, was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure).
As mother prepared to do everything it takes to make her son survive, Donkor donated one of her kidneys to her son but the procedure was unsuccessful, leaving her son with no option but to be on dialysis.
Five years after the unsuccessful procedure, Donkor and her son have to commute from Amasaman where they live, to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital three times a week for his dialysis session.
The young man’s condition has had a toll on Donkor’s finances and she is now also unable to work full time to support her family because of their schedule at the Renal Unit.
Currently, a dialysis session at the hospital costs GHC 270 and although First Sky Group, a construction firm pays for two of the sessions for about 90 per cent of patients at the Unit, she has to find money to pay for one session, buy medications and also cater for emergencies.
Donkor and her son, now 22, have had to rely on support from multiple people and organisations of goodwill. Yet, it is still a problem coming through with the little they have to fork out.
Mother and son are now calling on all members of the general public to help with what they can. It is the wish of YEN.com.gh that the help that is needed comes for Donkor and her son so as to keep the young man alive.
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