A Ghanaian man who's made the border crossing from the state of North Dakota to Canada may have his fingers and toes amputated due to severe frostbite.
Seidu Mohammed, 24, spoke CBC News at a Winnipeg hospital where he was receiving treatment for severe frostbite. Confronted with the prospect of multiple amputations to his limbs the young man confessed to not knowing his next move.
"It's very bad news...I don't know what to do right now."
Seidu Mohammed stated that he fled from Ghana in 2015 for the United States, saying that in Ghana he feared for his life due to he is gay. He was detained for a year when he arrived in San Diego.
According to the 24 year old, he upon his release he, applied to for asylum after his visa ran out but he was unsuccessful as a judge denied him. At this point Seidu Mohammed and another Ghanaian man he met in Minneapolis decided flee to Canada.
"I ran for my life," Seidu Mohammed said.
Set upon their course of action, the two took a bus to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and then took a $400.00 cab to a location near the U.S.-Canada border on Dec. 24.
"There is a big farm around the border and we passed through. It was very difficult because when we stepped in that farm, the snow was [at] our waists."
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The duo trudged in the snow for seven hours on their border crossing trek. With temperatures as low as -18 C - never mind the wind chill factor - it's a miracle they didn't succumb to pneumonia.
They eventually got to Highway 75, near the Emerson, and unsuccessfully tried to flag down vehicles for hours. A lone trucker finally stopped and called 911 to for the men who were disoriented and cold.
Both men are now receiving medical treatment in a specialized burn ward of Winnipeg's Health Sciences Center since the lone trucker's intervention.
"If not for him, we would have died in that snow. Nobody stopped till this Good Samaritan, God sent [this] man.… We were about to give up."
"He was crying. We all started crying because he saved our lives," Mohammed said
Even though the news that he'd be losing a lot of is limbs was saddening, the young man says it's a price he'll gladly pay.
"I want to say thank you to all of you who show caring. The journey was worth it. I'm happy I'm here. To go back, I lose my life," he said.