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A sad story about a 12-year-old boy who died due to lack of a bed and an ambulance.


The father of a 12-year-old boy who died at Battor Catholic Hospital has shared a heartbreaking story of his son's passing.

According to Michelle Nartey, a Ningo Prampram Assembly Member, the boy dropped from a mango tree and had to be rushed to the hospital.

He clarified that the boy was admitted to Battor Catholic Hospital for preliminary exams, which included x-rays.

However, since his health was worsening, he needed to be referred to either Korle-Bu or 37 for further care.

Mr. Nartey told Adom FM's Dwaso Nsem that they called Korle-Bu but were told there were no beds available, so the boy could not be admitted.

Fast forward to the 37 Military Hospital, where they agreed to the move, but their main stumbling block was finding an ambulance to help with the transfer.

He clarified that all efforts to contact the National Ambulance Service were unsuccessful, and that when they did, the organization said they would contact them.

"We couldn't use the hospital's ambulance because it was scheduled to transport another patient, and we had planned to follow them if at all possible, but they were heading to Lapaz, so things didn't go as planned.

"We were still waiting for the ambulance service to respond, but there was no response," he said. "So I called back about 6: pm and got the same ‘we'll get back to you response.'"

Throughout the experience, Mr. Nartey noticed that he made calls to other people he thought might be able to help, but that their efforts were also unsuccessful.

"We got a call about 9 p.m. that the ambulance service was ready to go, but they wanted to confirm the admission from 37 to see if they were ready to accept the patient.

"Unfortunately, he blacked out at about 10: pm, and all attempts by the doctors to resuscitate him were futile," he said through tears.

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