A Ghanaian-British who came to Ghana in December 2019 to celebrate the Christmas holidays with his family has shared his harrowing experience after an accident.
Unbeknownst to him or any member of his family, Eric wouldn’t have thought he would be bedridden after surviving a road accident, albeit it changed his life and daily routine.
On the Super Morning Show Thursday, he shared the story of how a road accident has left him bedridden, waiting to recover.
“I was going to Prampram with a friend in an uber car and there was a head-on collision with another car which was heading towards Accra.”
“The other car was overtaking and we collided. My friend and I were hurt; but the driver of our car, nothing happened to him,” the pensioner continued.
The other driver, according to Eric, “run away from the scene.”
Eric has been left with damages that have made him bedridden and he won’t be returning to the UK anytime soon.
“Apart from damage to my head, I had broken legs, they were fractured and I was sent to a private hospital called Greenville and later rushed to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. I was taken in on December 6, 2019, and discharged on January 6, 2020, after the surgery,” the shattered pensioner said.
Eric’s surgery involved the insertion of silicone orthopaedic implants into his thighs to support the damaged bones in his legs.
“As we speak I’m in bed. I can’t walk. I can’t stand on my legs. So that is the damage that has been caused to me…I feel let down that coming to Ghana for holiday, to end up this way…I can’t get my head around it.”
“I can’t get my head around the way things are done in this country (Ghana). The driver of the 4×4 wheel drive car drove away…he ran away from the scene. I don’t know whether the police have arrested him or not.”
“I’m bedridden now, the police visited me at Korle-Bu once. What they are doing so far, I don’t know,” the almost teary man said.
He said he is now being cared for at his home round the clock by two nurses.
According to his nurse, he and his colleague make sure to move Eric from time to time to prevent bed ulcers and infections.
The nurse said Eric is expected to start moving in six weeks.
He currently has minor physiotherapy sessions twice a week to at least relearn muscle movement.
“I was taken unaware. It has affected everything. I don’t have money in Ghana, I don’t have a bank account, I don’t have insurance to rent an air ambulance to take me. I don’t have the money for that. The little money that I have with me, I’m relying on friends and family.”
Eric continued, “they have been so helpful. The hospital bills…everything is huge. I had to buy a bed, I had to buy a wheelchair, I had to buy a mattress…I feel let down.”
Eric shared his story as part of JoyNews’ #ArriveAlive campaign which aims to raise awareness on the aftermath of road accidents.