Acid victim appeals for help

Mary Oforiwah

Mary Oforiwah

Mary Oforiwah, a 16-year-old girl who had undergone five surgeries for acid burns, is appealing for funds to enable her carry out two additional surgeries at the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

The girl, who had acid poured on her accidentally by a friend when she was four years, had series of surgeries on her head, neck, face and back and  needed  GH¢8,900.00 for additional surgeries.

According to a medical report from the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Centre, the cost for each surgery is GH¢4,450.

The surgery is to enable the centre carry a serial excision of scars on her head and forehead.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times, Mr Frank Sem, Oforiwah’s father, said her daughter had been complaining of severe headache after five surgeries on her.

He said the situation had affected her child’s education because she could not sit and learn in class for long hours, and appealed to individual and organisations for support.

Mr. Sem said the centre had requested the surgeries to be carried out before the end of the month, but he has no money to fund it.

In 2003, Oforiwah, who was then four years old, had acid poured on her accidentally by another child while they were playing at a dump site at Suhum in the Eastern Region.

Her friend who saw a bottle containing a liquid at the site thought the liquid was water and accidentally poured it on Oforiwah.

By Bernard Benghan

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