Accra, Bishop Kofi Adonteng Boateng of the Divine Word International Ministries has donated an undisclosed amount of cash and items to support the cost of tongue surgery of seven-month old Nhyira Ampofo.
Bishop Adonteng, who is a United States-based pastor, presented the items on behalf of the Church members, to the seven-month old baby girl, who is suffering from the ranula disease of the tongue.
The items include; food flask, toiletries, female clothes, two pieces of cloth, pampers and toys.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Kofi Nyarko, Representative of the Church, in charge of Projects, said the church had a compassion ministry that usually supported the needy in society, just as the word of God directed.
He said the donation was in response to an appeal by the mother of Nhyira Ampofo in the April 28 edition of the ‘Ghanaian Times’ Daily Newspaper, asking for support towards the cost of her tongue surgery.
He said the Church offered to pay for all the expenses and as well as added few items to bring back hope and joy to the little girl.
Mr Nyarko said the Church would soon roll out an initiative christened The Next President”, where children who had skills and talent would be supported particularly in the area of education, to be able to take up the leadership mantle in future.
He noted that the Bishop’s initiative and the Church’s vision was to help the deprived in society.
Dr Dominic Avogo, a medical officer at the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, recounted that Nhyira was brought to the Unit some few months ago with a growth beneath the tongue, which clinically was identified as Ranula.
He described the diseases as developmental system found on the floor of the mouth, and then seen as swelling of connective tissue consisting of collected mucin from a ruptured salivary gland, projecting under the chin.
Dr Avogo said in some instances the problems associated with it is that, it could easily rupture and even if there are blood vessels accompanying it; it ruptured into bleeding and the patient may bleed, adding that if there is a bleeding disorder, the patient may bleed to death.
He said however that if any of such problems did not exist, in children for instance, was a hindrance to feeding of the child, and so the essence of its treatment was to restore function, improve aesthetics and as well eliminate what that thing was.
Dr Avogo said with regards to funds for the treatment, Ghana had no culture of establishing funds to support such victims, aside the various foundations and NGO’s who voluntarily offered help.
He therefore called for a firm financial base that would be dedicated to such groups, to support the victims, particularly those who could not afford.
Madam Christiana Amanuvor, Nhyira’s mother expressed gratitude to the Divine Word Ministry International and the media for their kind gesture.
Source: Ghana News Agency