The family of a Liberian man sickened by a reddish growth, Mr. James P. Doe are seeking financial assistance from the public, government officials, humanitarians, and good will institutions to help him attend to medical treatment abroad.
James is experiencing a reddish growth on the left side of his back that was initially seen as a birthmark, but later turned into a serious health problem.
According to the mother of James, Theresa Bestman, the growth on her son is causing him sleepless nights and making life unbearable for him by the day.
She explains that a doctor contacted from India has agreed to conduct an operation on her son, but the medical bill is put at US$9,800.00.
She explains further that the Indian doctor told her that if nothing is done to take James out of Liberia after the middle of this year, his condition could worsen.
Madam Bestman indicates that out of the US$9,800 needed, they were able to raise US$2,217 through the help of a friend in the US when she hosted a live show to assist in generating funds for her son.
She adds that due to the family’s inability to raise the amount, they launched a campaign using various media outlets to solicit support from good will individuals and institutions.
She appeals to President George Manneh Weah, First Lady Clar Weah, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and other prominent and well-meaning Liberians to help safe her son’s life.
Madam Bestman laments that they have visited several hospitals here and did medical consultations, but all did not establish the treatment for the sickness.
According to Madam Bestman, they have been to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, the SDA Cooper Hospital in Sinkor and Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Nimba County in search of medical attention, but to no avail.
At the SDA Cooper Hospital, she narrates that they met an American Certified Surgeon who also recommended that they seek advanced medical attention outside Liberia.
When James Doe was 12 years old, Madam Bestman recalls that they first visited the Mercy Ship and an operation was done on her son.
But she laments that the growth resurfaced and is affecting her son greatly.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley