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General News Mon, 13 Nov 2017

Family of defiled 9-year-old girl cries for financial support

The family of a 9-year old girl allegedly defiled by a 19-year old fisherman, Francis Eshun, at Komenda in the Central Region, is asking for financial assistance for the victim to have full medical treatment at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.

The girl, whose intestines and uterus are believed to have been affected by the heinous act, is responding to treatment.

However, her family says they are struggling to continue the treatment due to financial constraints.

A philanthropist donated GHC 1,000 to the family earlier this month, through the Central Regional Police Headquarters, to cover her weekly medical reviews and check-ups at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.

However, when Citi News visited the victim’s family at Komenda on Saturday, the forty-six-year-old grandmother of the girl disclosed that the amount received has already been spent on transportation from Komenda to the hospital and back, as well as on medical expenses because the girl is yet to be placed on the National Health Insurance Scheme.

“It costs us GHC 300 each day we go for a review at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Now, we are financially dry. We have already spent the cash donation we received. We need money that will make it possible to send her to hospital every Monday and Tuesday”, the grandmother revealed.

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In July this year, the suspect allegedly lured the 9-year old girl to a secluded place one evening, and defiled her.

The suspect is said to have carried the victim home when he noticed she was in severe pain, and was rushed to the Cape Coast Metro Hospital.

She was later referred to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital where a team of doctors performed a surgery on her, and was on admission there for weeks before she was discharged to be brought for review weekly.

The suspect was arrested and arraigned before a Cape Coast Circuit Court, but is currently on bail.

The grandfather of the girl, a fifty-four-year-old mechanic, had been bearing the cost of medical treatments and the legal costs, but he told Citi News that he is now financially challenged and is unable to perform that role effectively.

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In his appeal for support, he said, “This girl has been badly bruised, and we only pray it doesn’t affect her future. It’s a big blow to this family. We are appealing to all those who can to come to her aid because she could be an asset to Ghana in the future.”

He is appealing to Ghanaians and the government particularly, to fiercely fight defilement in the Central Region and the country as a whole, saying, “All those perpetuating such cruel acts should stop it, and must be dealt with; Ghanaians used not to be like this” he noted.

This incident is said to have happened long before the one at Assin Dadientem also in the Central Region, where a four-year-old girl was allegedly defied by a seventeen-year-old.

But it appears the Police in the Central Region, were not ready to publicize the matter until the huge public condemnation of the Assin Dadientem incident. –

Source: citifmonline.com
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