Ransford Yohannes Agbenu, a six-year-old toddler suffering from condition that has affected his eyesight will soon be undergoing surgery after Ibrahim Mahama offered to foot the bill. The CEO of Engineers and Planners Company Limited offered to fully finance the delayed eye surgery for the toddler in India long after he was diagnosed of total Limbal stem cell deficiency in both eyes.
He is on autologus syrum and other medication in both eyes and needs GHC1500 to maintain his sight before the surgery. Ransford needs $8,310 for a Buston K. Pro surgery but the family has not been able to raise the required amount.
The philanthropist has already parted with GH¢1,600 cash to the family to support them to purchase medications to save the boy from totally losing his sight as they get set for his trip. Family of the toddler had called on Ghanaians to help raise GH¢1,500 to pay for the medication of Yohannes Agbenu to prevent him from going completely blind by January 31, 2020. The donation follows a Front Page story on the predicament of Ransford in the January 31, 2020 edition of the new publisher newspaper.
Making the donation on behalf of Mr. Mahama, Rafik Mahama, an aide to the Engineers & Planners CEO said Mr. Mahama has promised to cater for the remaining or any outstanding cost when the main surgery commences in India.
Sister of the boy, Jennifer Hordzi, revealed that about two years ago, her brother started rubbing his eyes and when he was sent to the hospital for treatment, he lost one eyesight through the process. She said Ransford’s eyesight was about 15cm but has dropped to 2cm but due to vernal keratoconjunctivities with Limbar and corneal involvement his sight dropped to 2 centimetres.
The boy’s condition worsened because the family has not been able to provide for the temporal treatment for his eyes since November 2019. According to a doctors’ prescription, in a long term, Ransford has to have the surgery in a branch of Dr Agarwal’s hospital in India for both eyes and a delay of surgery will cause gradual diminishing of his vision.