SOS: 16-Year-old Girl Going Blind As Family Appeals For Help

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Doctors have warned that the surgery to remove tumors Vecencia suffers cannot be done in country and advised the family to immediately seek medical attention abroad before the situation deteriorates and ends tragically

The Family of Vecencia E. Mature, 16, is appealing to the Government of Liberia, humanitarian and religious organizations, as well as philanthropists to immediately assist in providing medical aid for their daughter and sister who has gone blind.

 Vecencia is a 9th Grade student at the ELWA Academy School in Paynesville City. The senior sister of Vecencia, Ms. Edith Mature explained that Vecencia unfortunately suffered loss of her sight while siting the 9th Grade West African Exams Council’s (WAEC) test recently.

 Ms. Mature explained that Vecencia began complaining daily of severe headaches and blurriness and was taken to several clinics and hospitals in and around Monrovia where doctors carried various tests and attributed her condition to “eyes dilation and light reflection” entering into her eyes.

Vecencia was given several medications including eye therapy but her condition continued to deteriorate, Ms. Mature explained.

 Doctors later referred the family to take her to the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, where CT scan was performed and doctors diagnosed Vecencia of having a tumor on the left side of her head that sits directly on her vision that triggered the grave blurriness and later blindness, she explained.

Doctors told family members that the tumor should be removed the soonest and warned that another tumor was growing on the already existing one which is putting pressure on the nerve of the eyes and resulting blindness.

Ms. Mature explained that doctors at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital told the family that the surgery to remove tumors cannot be done in country and advised the family to immediately seek medical attention abroad before the situation deteriorates and ends tragically.

Unfortunately, Ms. Mature said the family is unable to fund any medical bill abroad and is appealing to the Government of Liberia, humanitarian and religious organizations, philanthropists to immediately assist in providing funding for medical assistance.

The family is currently distressed, Ms. Mature averred, Vecencia is daily undergoing agonizing pains and sleepless nights as the tumor terrorizes her.

Anyone wanting to assist the family can contact Mrs. Magdalene and Edith Mature, mother and senior sister on mobile numbers +231886521087 and +231886519558.

 

 

 

 

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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