Victoria B. Keryibah, 39, who is suffering from multiple bone fractures sustained in a motorcycle accident, said her condition has deteriorated to the extent that she no longer walks around as she used to do in the first year since the incident.
For that, Ms Keryibah is appealing to goodwill Liberians, heads of philanthropic organizations, and foreign residents to assist her seek medical treatment out of the country.
Ms. Keryibah, who has endured her condition since the accident in 2014 along the Bahn-Buutuo highway in Nimba County, said her condition “is pathetic.”
“I no longer walk by myself. But I was able to meet with doctors at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, who informed me that the hospital lacks the required equipment to perform the kind of operation needed to repair my broken bones,” Victoria lamented.
She said doctors at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba had earlier referred her to JFK, where doctors there finally advised her to seek treatment outside Liberia.
“The doctors say I should either go to Ghana or the United States for bone fracture surgery, because the equipment is not in the country,” she added.
Ever since doctors advised her, Victoria says she is yet to receive any help; and as such, she told this newspaper via mobile phone that she was dying slowly, “because, I have no means to acquire the needed medicine.”
Motorcycles are the most convenient modes of transport nowadays in Nimba County, but carry the most risk with many accidents, some becoming fatal.
In a recent interview with journalists from her residence in Bahn, central Nimba, Victoria said in tears that her right leg was broken in three places when a motorcycle from the opposite lane collided with the one she was being transported on.
Fortunately for Victoria, the young child she was nursing that was travelling with her during the accident was unhurt, and so was the bike rider.
Now that she has been advised to seek treatment outside Liberia, she renews her appeal for help from any source to get her out of the country.
“I am begging the government, foreign missions and individuals of goodwill to assist me get treatment out of the country as advised by doctors at JFK,” she said.
Victoria said she hardly sleeps at night due to the severity of the pains she is experiencing in her left leg.
“I don’t have any means to travel out of Liberia. I don’t even have traveling documents. This is why I am begging people to help me get out of the country,” she added.
Since the accident, Victoria, who was the breadwinner for her family, said her children are out of school, because she cannot afford their fees.
“My four children have not started school and I am worried that they may not even go to school because of my condition. It is because of this same condition that my man of over 15 years has now abandoned me; and said men do not like a woman in my condition,” Victoria said.
Good News for Victoria
At least there is good news for Victoria coming from E. Vah Mahn, a Liberian living in the United States, who promised to offer her lodging and feeding if someone helps her travel to the U.S.
Mr. Mahn: “My offer is lodging and feeding; hoping someone would come in to help with the medical cost. Seeking treatment abroad has series of costs including the treatment, lodging, feeding, and transportation. I said I’m willing to lodge and feed her. I also said I could do transportation if needed. So, the story now could be appealing for the treatment cost.”
With that offer, anyone willing to help Victoria with her travel and medical expenses should please contact the following numbers: 0777544882, 0886544882, 0880051887 or 0777838758.