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How 12-year-old boy died over lack of ambulance and bed

How 12-year-old boy died over lack of ambulance and bed

How 12-year-old boy died over lack of ambulance and bed

The father of a 12-year-old boy, who died at the Battor Catholic Hospital,

has given a sad account of what led to his death.

According to Michelle Nartey, who is an Assembly Member at Ningo Prampram,

the boy fell from a mango tree and had to be rushed for medical care.

He explained the boy was admitted at the Battor Catholic Hospital where

preliminary examinations including x-rays were conducted.

However, there was the need for him to be referred to either Korle-Bu or 37

for further treatment as the condition was deteriorating.

Recounting the ordeal on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, Mr Nartey said

they placed a call to Korle-Bu but were told there was no bed,

hence the boy could not be admitted.

Fast forward, calls were also made to the 37 Military Hospital where they

agreed to the transfer but their biggest hurdle was an ambulance

to facilitate the transfer.


He explained all attempts to reach the National Ambulance Service

proved futile and when they finally did, the outfit said they will get back to them.

“We could not use the hospital’s ambulance because it was scheduled

to transfer another patient and we had plans to join if possible but

they were going to Lapaz so things did not go according to plan.

“We were still waiting for the Ambulance service to get back to us yet

there was no response so I called back again around 6:pm and had the

same ‘we’ll get back to you response’,” he narrated.

In the midst of all the struggle, Mr Nartey noted he placed calls to other

persons he believed could be of help yet their attempts also yielded no results.

“It was around 9:pm when we had a call that the ambulance service was ready

to move but needed to reconfirm the admission from 37 to

know if they were ready to receive the patient.

“Unfortunately, he blacked out around 10:pm and that was it as all efforts

by the doctors to resuscitate him proved futile,” he said amid tears.

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