14 Year-old Boy off to India for Eye Surgery


A 14 year-old Liberian boy, Friday Jacob, who has been suffering from a serious eye disease has been flown to India for surgery. Friday has been battling with a strange eye condition for a prolonged period.

According to an Executive Mansion release, Friday departed for India on Friday, November 26, via Kenya Airways with assistance from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Madam Sirleaf also paid travel expenses for Mr. Kennedy Jacob, Friday’s father and Harriett Dennis, a nurse from the JFK Hospital, who are accompanying Friday to India for the eye surgery

With intervention from President Sirleaf, the LV PRASAD Eye Institute based in India agreed to perform the surgery on Friday’s eyes. The management of the JFK hospital and the Indian Counsel General in Liberia, Upjit S. Sachdeva, also played vital roles in the process.

Speaking before their departure, Friday and his father expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf and all individuals and institutions responsible for providing the chance for Friday to receive medical attention abroad. They noted that Friday has lived with the painful condition for a long time, but recognize that this was God’s timing for his healing.


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