My name is Alexander Adu Kankam, a former student of SUHUM SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL (SUTESCO/ABENFO) and PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AKROPONG.
I am a teacher but I am unable to go to work due to a spinal cord injury I sustained in 2016 which has left me paralyzed waist down. 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 pedestrain 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.
I was then taken from Suhum Gov’t Hospital to Koforidua St. Joseph Hospital and later referred to 37 Military Hospital. At 37, I was supposed to undergo two main surgeries;
• On my right leg ( ie Open Distal 3rd Tibial and fibula fracture)
• To decompress my spinal cord ( ie paraplegia with T11/12 cord compression from T12 burst fracture)
The first surgery on my right leg was successful but the second surgery was complicated because of bed sore on my back and even around the region where the surgery was supposed to be done. After five months at 37, I was then discharged home to come and treat the wounds and report back when they are healed.
After a year of treating the wounds, we went back to 37 Military Hospital only to be told that “I should 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 then there won’t be any surgery for me again.
After our visit to 37 we have tried everything: herbal, physical therapy and spiritual means but there has not been any improvement. 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.
Few weeks after the visit to 37, I saw a video on facebook by Baffour Awuah Tabury who is in a similar situation seeking for help to raise funds to go for a stem cell therapy in Mumbai – India which can help improve his situation. So I called him and asked him about the hospital and how to get in touch with the doctors.
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
I am therefore appealing to everyone to help me raise this amount to go for the treatment . Please nothing is too small. Anyone can call me on +233246862202/ +233505879028.