Jayinspire Media posted a story recently of a Ghanaian nurse who rescued an epileptic mother that had just given birth in the sands and no one was willing to help her. Well, it turned out that was not the first time this nurse has helped someone. In fact, she is a born helper, always out to help people in need.
In this interview with Ama Duncan, founder of Fabulous Woman Network facebook group, she tells us more about herself and her humanitarian services.
Read interview below:
My name is Wendy Ofori Boatemaa, a Seventh-Day Adventist and a registered staff nurse with Ghana Health Service. I am married to Mr. Seth Gyamfi with whom I have three beautiful kids, a daughter and a set of twins (male and female). My hobbies are cooking and playing with my kids. I work in a village called Okaikrom in the Sekyere East District of the Ashanti Region where there are no tarred roads nor pipe borne water. I have been there since 2010. Being a nurse in a village has taught me a lot. I have met a lot of people and helped the ones I could. The recent four, I have shared on social media (Facebook).
How it started…
First was Christabel, a three-year-old girl whom I met in Yamfo in the Brong Ahafo Region. She drunk caustic soda and the mother was begging for alms to help pay for her surgery. I wanted to dash them money but after interrogation realized they needed much more. Christabel drunk the caustic soda when she was a year old and had been moving around with a gastric bypass that allowed her to be fed through a tube connected to her stomach since her oesophagus had been destroyed by the acid content of the caustic soda. I followed up on the case only to find out my husband who is a social worker knew the doctor at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (K.A.T.H) who was handling the case. Christabel needed 15,000 Ghana Cedis to pay for her surgery. I shared the story on Facebook and with the help of Mr. Kwesi Kraazy Ansah we got help for Christabel. She had a successful surgery but died three weeks later.
My second case was a teenage pregnant orphan whom I met through my husband. Her partner is serving jail time for stealing a mobile phone. They lived in a kiosk which got demolished. My husband was able to secure her accommodation at a residential home for abandoned babies, destitutes and persons with impairment conditions. We had to raise money to get her delivery items. I shared her story on social media and together with my husband we got her all items she would need during and after delivery. Esther is yet to deliver.
The third case is when I met a mother with epilepsy on my way to work on a Monday morning. A lady stopped the taxi I was in only for me to find out that a woman had delivered in the sand. I alighted from the taxi to find a known mother with epilepsy soaked in blood with the baby lying on the bare ground. She was surrounded by a lot of women who refused to help her because she has epilepsy. This scene broke my heart, I cleaned her and the baby, took them out of the cold and took them to the clinic for the routine checkup and also to get delivery medications for the mother. I realized she needed a lot of items so once again I shared her story on social media and got her most of the items she needed for herself and the baby. On the day of presentation of the items, I realized her mud house had been guttered by a rain storm. She needed a place to stay but no one would accommodate her in the village. An old man with urine incontinence accommodated her. The man’s medical ailment is not conducive for him to share the same room with a nursing mother and a new born baby. With the help of friends, we got her an interim place and we are now trying to rebuild her room for her.
My most recent story is the begging, mother of twins. I usually do not pay attention to women begging on the streets all in the name of twins. But on that faithful Thursday morning as I was rushing to work around 6:20am, I saw a woman on the footbridge at Kejetia begging with what seemed like new born babies. I went past them but decided to go back and give her money. Upon getting there, I saw that one of the twins had a swelling under her chin. I asked the mother who claimed to have taken her to a clinic a while back. I took her number and with her permission took a picture of the twins and told her my intentions which she agreed to. Later in the evening of the same day, I called to check on them only to be told the sick twin had been crying all evening. I advised the mother to take the baby to KATH which she agreed. The baby was taken to the pediatric emergency unit and was immediately put on oxygen support. She was diagnosed the next day of pneumonia, anemia, failure to thrive and a series of infections. The baby is still on admission and has already been haemotransfused. I am trying to raise money in order to pay her bill and take the mother off the streets.
Through all this I have learnt not to judge people and to give people second chances. I have also grown stronger in faith and believe God has a plan for everyone and everything,
My advice to my colleague nurses…
Please do accept postings into deplorable communities. These underprivileged people need access to quality health care.
I am currently working on the mother with epilepsy and the twin girl. Do support us if you can. My number is +233246006096.
God bless you all as you support Wendy’s course.