19-year-old Gabriel Buertey Narh, a student of Agormeda D/A Basic School in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region, who has a severe form of cerebral palsy is seeking the help of the general public to live a comfortable and fulfilling life.
Buertey is unable to use his hands and legs and, therefore, relies on others, particularly his mother to live.
He requires the assistance of his mother to do everything, including eating, bathing and even using the toilet.
At school, Buertey is not able to write and so relies on a special education teacher to write. He reads and provides answers for the teacher to write for him during class exercises and exams, while his mates help him to write notes.
Even more serious about his condition is the fact that his right arm hardly rests. The arm involuntarily rises and leans towards his back with very the little movement of his body or when he is talking. Additionally, he experiences stiffness very frequently.
Buertey’s condition is not making life extremely difficult for him alone but also for his mother, Mary Lartey.
Madam Mary lost her marriage as a result of her son’s condition. Buertey’s father left her and abandoned the boy.
Madam Mary Lartey has not been married again ever since and has committed her life to taking care of her son.
Buertey’s health, education and other needs have drained her financially, costing her the capital for her onion business. A glossary store she started in the house has also stalled halfway.
According to Buertey and her mother, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to cope with life and, therefore, seek the support of the public.
For his independent movement, Buertey is requesting the public to provide him with an automated wheelchair. He also needs a tablet with a text-to-speech App to aid his studies.
Again, he appeals for financial support to aid his transportation to the hospital at Dodowa for physiotherapy every Friday, which he says costs Ghc200 each week.
Buertey tells DisabilityNewsGH that, weeks that his mother is unable to raise the Ghc200 for transportation, he is not able to go for the physiotherapy, which is seriously delaying the improvement of his condition.
The outspoken young man has an ambition to become a Lawyer but that cannot be possible without the help of the public.
On her part, Madam Mary Lartey is also seeking an amount of GHc20,000 to enable her to complete her glossary store and to start the business, so she would be able to take good care of Buertey.
Donations can be sent to Ghana Commercial Bank account: 2071010089607 (Gabriel Buertey Narh), Somaya branch or MTN Mobile Money 0542-58 61 92/0594-16 17 61 (Gabriel Buertey Narh)/
0544-99 10 58 (Mary Lartey).
Watch Buertey’s story in the video below: