November 22, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
“I am very happy for today and I am looking forward to travel to Ghana to have a successful surgery,” says Isha Senessie, a class four pupil of the Redeemed Christian Primary School.
Isha was pushed down the stairway of her school by a colleague while both were busy playing, and eventually sustained serious spinal cord injury. Since January this year, she has been relegated to a wheelchair at the 34 Military Hospital in Freetown after losing two vertebra on her back.
Pikin Bizness, with support from Africell Lintel Sierra Leone and Airtel mobile company, has been able to raise the sum of $10,000 needed to fly Isha and her mother; Aminata Mansaray to the Kolibu Hospital in Ghana for surgery.
In tears last Friday, (November 18), Isha’s Mother narrated that when she had that her daughter was pushed down the staircase of the step, she fainted, adding, “At the 34 Military Hospital, the doctors told me that my daughter will not make it.”
She thanked Pikin Bizness, Airtel and Africell for their timely support to help in saving the life of her daughter.
Earlier, the organization’s Board Chairman, Dr. Adonis Abboud, told pressmen that they came to know about the young girl’s health condition in June and decided to intervene to save her life and have her continue her academic pursuit.
According to him, during discussions with doctors from the hospital, it was made clear to them that the minimum cost for the surgery was $5,000, excluding other costs like; laboratory test, medication, lodging, feeding and travel.
He said because of the work they have been doing over the years in saving the lives of young children, Airtel and Africell decided to support them to let Isha undergo surgery in Ghana.
He revealed that Isha and her mother will depart for Ghana on Sunday (November 27) and that even though there were risks involved, they were optimistic of a successful surgery.
“Isha has been confined in a wheelchair since January this year. But she was well taken care off. Thanks to the good service provided by Lt Col. Rogers at the 34 Military Hospital,” he said.
Also, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Airtel, June-Rose Johnson said: “We are happy that Isha will get her surgery done. We wish her well and we hope she get her surgery and comes back strong. Partnering with Pikin Bizness is part of our corporate social responsibility.”
She added that Isha’s story was pathetic and that anyone who had about her story would be touched.
On his part, Events and Sponsorship Supervisor at Africell, Abdul Aziz Kamara said they were touched as a company by the work Pikin Bizness had done in the past, which was one of the main reasons they decided to support and also live their door always open.