Victoria B. Keryibah, 39, who is suffering from multiple bone fractures sustained in a motorcycle accident, is appealing to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, philanthropic organizations, well-meaning Liberians 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 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.
Motorcycles are the most convenient modes of transport in Nimba Copunty, but carry the most risk, with stories of accidents, some fatal.
In a recent interview with journalists from her residence in Bahn, Nimba County, 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 and 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, Victoria said doctors at the JFK told her that they could not work on her legs in Liberia due to the degree of injuries she sustained.
“I am begging the government, foreign missions in Liberia and individuals of goodwill to assist me get treatment out of the country as advised by the doctors at JFK,” she said.
Victoria said she hardly sleeps at night due to the severity of 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 of 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 enter school this year due to my condition. It is because of this same condition I was dumped by my man of over 15 years; he said he did not like a woman in my condition,” Victoria said.
Anyone willing to help Victoria should please contact the following numbers: 0777544882, 0886544882, 0880051887 or 0777838758.