The Executive Director of Healthpage Liberia, a local NGO, is pleading with well-meaning Liberians, especially those of the Muslim community to help post the bill of 5-year-old Abbas Morris Sagno, whose father is a ‘staunch’ Muslim.
According to Mrs. Charlestta N. Williams, founder and executive director of Healthpage Liberia, she had made an open appeal to the Imams and other well-meaning Liberians last December on a local radio talk show but the parents of the little boy are yet to receive any response for their son, whose hospital bill needs to be settled before they can leave the facility.
She said the boy’s hospital bill stands at US$5,500 and anyone willing to help can reach the boy’s mother on this Ghanaian number 00233244125687.
Ms. Williams told our Health Correspondent via social media that her donors had initially posted the bill of US$4,750 for the first known condition for little Abbas until it was realized that he needed to undergo a series of surgeries. Doctors at the Cardiothoracic Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Children’s Ward in Accra, Ghana, had initially performed Caustic Ingestion Colon Bypass Surgery on him. They later noticed that more surgeries were needed to be done on him in order to keep him alive as he had come up with multiple complications. She said after the rounds of the latest surgeries, his bill now stands at US$5,500, which needs to be paid.
She thanked Kenya Airways Ghana for the kindness shown them; adding, “We arrived here on April 24, 2015 and he was admitted along with Kubah, Nancy and Jestina on July 23, 2015 and went into surgery on July 27, 2015, and has been here since, undergoing various surgeries with his mother by his side. His bill for Caustic Ingestion Colon Bypass Surgery was paid in full by my Donor, Healing The Children, FL-GA as always in the amount of US$4,750. His series of other surgeries has come to that amount. His ticket is only for Sunday or he will be stuck here also,” she told the Daily Observer, sadly.
“When we boarded the flight to return the other kids to Liberia on August 24, 2015, I had no idea that he was going to pull through it all. He could not speak a word at all, Blood Transfusion was the order of the day and I returned and he was buzzing me. I am amazed and blessing God for this Miracle,” Ms. Williams says of little Abbas.
Ms. Williams also extended thanks and appreciation to Dr. Josiah George of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for the special care and attention and kindness that got Abbas and his mother to Ghana. She also thanked one Dr. Ian Pabs, who cared for the 5-year-old all the years and little Abbas is returning home for more care until he can start to eat enough to have his tube removed.
She said they need the money to be paid so she, Abbas, and his mother can return to Liberia.
Mrs. Williams’ Healthpage has airlifted many Liberian children in need of specialized medical treatment to various countries in the world for the past 10 years.