A New Life

Changed for Life

Client : Ofori Akakpo
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Paul, 29 is a teacher who hails from Gore in the Upper East Region. He has a giant swelling (genital lymphedema) around his scrotum which he has lived with for years. Paul could not walk properly due to the mass around his scrotal area. His condition caused discomfort to him, his family, the community and the school he teaches at. He was stigmatized and mocked by his own pupils and could not engage in any public activity due to the embarrassing way in which he walks.  All hope seemed lost after several attempts by him and his family to seek help medically and spiritually proved futile. Paul almost gave up on life contemplating suicide but with a strong desire to live fate drove him to GRAFT foundation.  The team was touched by Paul’s story during screening and selected him for surgery at Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) during its 5th Anniversary Hope Project. Paul and his brother who accompanied him on the day of surgery were scared and anxious for the results of the surgery since it was his first time undergoing such a procedure (surgery). After 4 hours of meticulous dedicated service and expertise, Paul’s giant mass was removed and his burden lifted. Paul says he is grateful to the GRAFT team for coming to his rescue and prays GRAFT foundation replenishes whatever spent on him in order to carry out the good works on others. After a successful surgery, Paul is ready to go back to his community and live his life renewed with hope.