16-year-old girl makes SOS call to undergo surgery
By Lincoln G. Peters
16 years old Fatumata Boakai has made an emergency call to all well-meaning Liberians, philanthropists, and humanitarian organizations for financial assistance to enable her to undergo eye surgery.
Fatumata is suffering from a swollen eye complication which has prevented her from going to school.
It has also deprived her socially of a place because she cannot easily get alone with her peers.
In a telephone conversation with this paper Wednesday, 3 August 2022, Ms. Fatumata Boakai said doctors at the state-run John F. Kennedy Medical Center have told her eye had complications due to cancer.
She said her parents do not have the required money to pay for the medical operation.
According to her, she was instructed by medical doctors at JFK to go for proper medical surgery outside of Liberia.
“We have contacted doctors and clinics in India who will do the job because they have agreed,” she explained.
“What is stopping us now is the finance because the total money we need for the entire operation … is around US$7,000.00,” she said in tears.
According to Fatumata, this amount covers transportation, traveling documents and surgical fees.
She has launched an appeal for financial assistance to cover the cost so as to save her from the situation.
She complained of suffering severe pains over the past three months.
“I was admitted at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in June, but due to my mother’s inability to provide the money requested by [the] medical doctors, I was discharged without surgery and treatment,” Fatumata lamented.
“If anybody can help me go to India for the treatment that will be better for me. I am in serious pain,” she concluded.
Ms. Boakai can be reached through 0888767629 for assistance. –Edited by Winston W. Parley