‘Family Whose Baby Was Cut Off Oxygen Trusts Me To Fight For Them’ – Obiri Boahen

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A private legal practitioner, Nana Obiri Boahen says the family that lost their nine week baby after his life support system was deliberately disconnected at the St. Gregory Hospital at Kasoa, says he will fight till the family gets justice.

Though he would not give much details about the suit filed against the hospital, Nana Obiri Boahen said the family trusts him to do a good job that will translate into justice.

“I have forwarded a writ of summons, they [the hospital] have been served. We are waiting for appearance and response…they [the family] have put their trust and confidence in me and I’ll live up to expectation,” he assured on Tuesday.

The former president of the Ghana Bar Association in the Brong Ahafo region offered to give a pro bono service to the distraught family after their plight inundated the media.

Lawyer Boahen said the most important thing for public consumption is that the matter has been sent to court and he is willing to put up his best to pursue it.

“As a Catholic, with my daily guardian on my side, we are going to pursue this matter,” he said when asked how prepared he is to get to the bottom of the matter that has sparked a public outcry in the past few weeks.

Mr Boahen who is also the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) deputy General Secretary declared he has trust in the court to do a diligent work that will settle the matter.

Background

The baby, who was born on January 19, 2018, was taken to the hospital on March 5 and died three weeks later.

According to his mother, Sefakor,  baby Prosper was not breathing well few weeks after he was born so he was put on the life support, as they waited to be transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

She said when they could not pay for the bill on time as promised, the yet-to-be identified doctor, cut the oxygen source to the baby, resulting in his death.

The family’s outstanding bill was GHS 533.

Narrating the sad story to journalists, she said few hours after the child was cut from the oxygen plant, her husband arrived with the amount for the payment of the bills, but it was too late.

The father’s dream of fathering a child whose wealth would extricate the family from poverty, was shattered.

The family settled on naming the baby ‘Prosper’ because they wished the name would have an impact on his life to assuage the family’s hardships in the coming decades.

The Hospital authorities, who have been under public fire, have since debunked the report, but failed to give more details on the issue only to say they are investigating it.

Perhaps the outcome of their investigation would be their defence in court, when the trial begins.

 

Story by: Henryson Okrah/mypowerfmonline.com

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