Friday Jacob, 3, is suffering from a disease affecting his left eye; a condition which now causes his father, Kennedy Jacob, to carry the ailing child from one hospital to the other hoping to find a cure.
Friday’s eye condition is so pathetic that anyone that came across him on Benson and MacDonald streets yesterday cried out aloud calling for heavenly intervention to save the ailing child.
His father told this reporter that the condition started in March this year “like common ‘Apollo’ of the eye.” This, he said, happened unexpectedly at their Topoe Village residence on Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia.
“When we noticed his eye was red and swollen, we applied eye ointment, but the condition worsened,” Kennedy said.
Born on October 25, 2013, Friday is the fifth of six siblings of Kennedy and his wife, Martha. The parents hail from Grand Bassa County District #4.
Kennedy said since his son fell ill in March, they have visited three major hospitals including the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Hospital in Sinkor. As of yesterday, Kennedy said, they visited the Hope for Women Health Center in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, but were told to see doctors at SD Cooper Hospital in Sinkor.
“At each of the hospitals, doctors and nurses could only scream upon seeing my son’s condition, but could not offer any help,” Kennedy told the Daily Observer in tears.
As it is often said or believed in Africa, many who encountered the ailing child attributed his ordeal to witchcraft, claiming the parents’ enemies had “sent” the ailment to the innocent child.
Whatever the case may be, Kennedy’s only hope for now is to appeal to the public, well meaning Liberians, government officials, including the office of the President, and the business community to help find a hospital or specialized doctors to relieve Friday from this nightmare.
Anyone willing to help little Friday should please contact Joseph Mator, his uncle, on cell number 0777729224, or his father Kennedy on cell number 0777480009.