CAPTAIN of the Black Stars Asamoah Gyan has donated $10,000 to the National Cardiothoracic Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The donation which was done under the auspices of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation was to support some patients in the unit to undergo surgery.
Gyan said he was moved by the plight of the patients at the unit and wish to assist in saving a life or two as part of giving back to society.
“Ghanaians have supported me in my career and it’s about time I give something back to them and hope the donation would go a long way to save a life,” he stated.
He added that many of such donations have been done in the past and wish many of such would be done in future and on a larger scale.
He also expressed gratitude to music sensation Kwabena Kwabena for his ‘Save a Life’ campaign and support in ensuring that the donation was successful.
According to him the presentation comes ahead of the soccer fiesta between the Black Stars and Celebrities at the Baba Yara Sports on Saturday and Sunday.
He therefore called on all Ghanaians to support the event come Saturday as their presence would be appreciated during the two-day event.
Gyan will also pay the medical bills of ex-Liberty Professional coach Nii Noi Thompson, who is expected to undergo a surgery to correct slipped disc in his back.
The ex-Heart coach has been battling with the illness for the last two years at the Korle -Bu Teaching hospital
The Thompson family have been desperately trying to raise money for his treatment, but because of the huge amount of funds needed, it has not been easy.
But the Ghana superstar has stepped in to stop Thompson’s plight, by pledging any money needed to help him.
The captain also presented items including Mama Vits Noodles and Rice to the Children’s Ward while paying bills of several patients at the facility.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Cardio center, Dr. Lawrence Siribuor expressed gratitude to Gyan for the timely intervention.
He added that, at least two patients would survive with the amount presented and urged other individuals and corporate bodies to assist the unit.
“Atleast 5000 children every year are born with hole in heart and half of the number die within a year due to the cause of the surgery that many can not afford,” he stated.
He said, some children would have the opportunity to realize their potentials through Gyan’s gesture which is heartwarming.
On a light note he said, Gyan was wasteful as he should have scored six goals instead of the two, in the Black Star’s AFCON qualifier against Mauritius last weekend.
He wished the player well and asked him to be more prolific and score more goals for the national team in subsequent matches.
By Michael D. Abayateye