Miss Ghana Foundation gave $5,000 to the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital to support the surgery of 13-year-old Gifty Amuzu, who is from suffering scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a life-threatening medical condition in which one’s spine curves. The curve is usually S or C shaped. Severe scoliosis cases interfere with patients’ breathing.
Gifty Amuzu currently requires an urgent surgery to save her life or she will be paralysed. She was diagnosed five years ago but her parents have not been able to raise the funds for the procedure.
Gifty reportedly dropped out of school due to intense back pain. She feels stigmatised and tends to isolate herself in social gatherings.
The donation was a first installment to commence surgical procedure for the teenager, out of a total cost of $15,000.
She caught the eye of the Miss Ghana Foundation recently when the foundation’s current ambassadors, Miss Ghana 2017 Margaret Dery and runners-up Priscilla Gameli and Marigold Frimpong, visited the FOCOS Hospital as part of the Miss Ghana Foundation’s charity plans for the year.
Presenting the donation, Chairperson of the Miss Ghana Foundation, Ms Inna Patty, reiterated that Miss Ghana Foundation is passionate about health, especially that of less-privileged children.
She commended the queens for their efforts and appealed for more support to complete the surgery by the end of February 2018.