A 20-year old mother of twins at Asare Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region is in desperate need of help as she struggles to find cure for one of the kids who is paralyzed.
Aishetu Abdulai says she is under persistent pressure from friends and relatives to kill the baby they claim is a spirit-child, a belief which has forced her husband to abandon the family.
Basida and Naashira Alhassan were born 4-years ago at the Mampong Government Hospital.
Basida, the eldest, is now a lively and kicking girl, but Naashira is unable to sit, let alone crawl or walk.
She cannot talk or hold an object. She hardly eats anything apart from breast milk which she even struggles to suck, with the mother’s support.
She intermittently stops sucking because she has difficulty swallowing the milk.
Life has been hell for the poor peasant farmer who also has a seven-year old boy she gave birth to when she was 13 years.
With a motherly touch, Aishetu Abdulai looks into the pale-face of her adored daughter with a little gleam of hope.
Over the years, she had sought orthodox and spiritual treatment for her paralyzed daughter, but to no avail.
Medical experts say the child may be suffering from what is known medically as dyspraxia which affects the nervous system as a result of lack of motor control. A person with dyspraxia has problems with movement, coordination, judgment, processing, memory and some other cognitive skills
Pediatricians at Komfo Anokye Hospital allude to cerebral palsy which occurs as a result of lack of oxygen to the brain or Neonatal jaundice at birth.
This type of condition, most likely is autism with dyspraxia or dyspraxia as a result of severe lack of motor planning associated with her chromosomal abnormality.
Some kids can be given intervention to help them improve developmentally if it were to be in the developed world.
For poor Aishetu, only Divine intervention could save her daughter’s life as she struggles to make ends meet for the family.
Her husband disappeared six months ago from their cottage, near Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti region. His whereabouts remains unknown.