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12.10.2007 Tragedy

Seven-year-old loses leg in accident

One of seven children who were caught up in a tragic incident at Nkontompo near Sekondi last Sunday in which a grader ran into a group of Sunday School children has had her left leg amputated.

Doctors at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital are said to have done everything possible to save the situation but the damage to the left leg of seven-year-old Little Ruth Amoasi, coupled with the high rate of infection, made it impossible for them to spare her leg.

Hospital sources said the doctors were confronted with two options ¬either to amputate the leg to save her life or lose her in the process of saving her leg.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic on Thursday, the doctor in charge, Dr Taw¬iah Siame, said the flesh on the affect¬ed leg was completely dead and also badly infected.

"It was a very difficult decision for us, since that was the only option to save her life. We had to call a lot of other doctors to assess the situa¬tion and pass their comments, as well as take several photographs, all in an attempt to salvage the leg," he said.

He said given that sad develop¬ment, the hospital authorities found it difficult to make the decision known to the parents to understand the situation in which their daughter was.

"To us, life is more precious and we involved her parents because of the legal implications," Dr Siame said.

However, the remaining six vic¬tims are in stable condition and the doctors said it was likely some of them would be discharged by Thursday.

Mrs Grace Amoasi, who could not stand the sight and the pain of her daughter losing one of her legs, is yet to come to terms with the reality.

At Ruth's bedside were some of her family members who sobbed intermit¬tently.

Source: Daily Graphic

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