The Graphic Needy Fund supported a colon bypass surgery for Nborapor, a five-year-old boy from Tatale in Ghana’s Northern Region who had ingested caustic soda accidentally. Trustee of the Graphic Needy Fund, the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), donated a cheque for GHS16,000 in November 2020 to enable the child undergo the procedure to save his life. Through the support of the Graphic Needy Fund, Nborapor underwent a successful surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi in Ghana’s Ashanti Region.
Mr. Martin Sarfo Omari, the Graphic Zonal Manager for Ashanti, Bono and the five northern regions of Ghana, presented the cheque and visited the patient at the Paediatric Unit of KATHto assess the patient’s recovery. Head of the Paediatric Unit of KATH, Dr. Micheal Amoah noted that the patient had survived the surgical procedure. “He is doing very well now. Before the surgery, he could not even swallow,” Dr. Amoah said. At the time of reporting this entry in the Aistiphi Gazette, the patient was being fed with liquid food pending his full recovery.
Dr. Amoah commended Graphic Needy Fund for its kind assistance and noted that the gesture from Graphic underscored GCGL’s accolade as the leader in the media business. The parents of Nborapor also thanked GCGL for the support and prayed that for Graphic to “grow from strength to strength and continue to be the trailblazer in the media space”.
Dr. Amoah advised parents to avoid keeping corrosive liquids in water bottles and placing them either on top of, or inside fridges, because children could easily mistake such liquids for soft drinks.
A year following the accident, Nborapor suffered what doctors described as “corrosive esophageal stricture” that made it impossible for him to swallow solid food. The boy’s father, a peasant farmer, sold everything to help save his son’s life. But that was still not enough. The five-year-old boy was spotted by a trustee of the Graphic Needy Fund, in the company of his mother and some family members soliciting for money on the streets of Accra. The mother of the Nborapor noted that they had come all the way from Tatale to Accra to seek help. Touched by his predicament, the Graphic Needy Fund triggered the necessary processes to save the boy’s life.