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Bedridden Appiatse victim needs GH¢65k to reconstruct broken leg

One of the seriously injured victims of the Appiatse disaster, Joseph Arhin Junior, is seeking an amount of GH¢65,000 to fix his broken leg after the explosion in January last year.

The 45-year-old victim, who was the head of Physical Planning at the Amenfi East Municipality until the sad incident, told Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show that he was returning from work when the accident happened.

“I was returning from Wassa Akropong to see my family in Takoradi. A few meters to Appiatse, we realized there was heavy traffic and a tanker vehicle was on fire so our driver alerted us and returned.

“We were looking for another vehicle when the tanker exploded and all of a sudden I heard people screaming for help. I decided to go and assist those who were badly injured and that is when I realized my left leg has been affected.”

According to him, it was a Good Samaritan who came to his rescue.

“I started screaming for help and a man came, he wanted to help me but there was no vehicle. He managed to get a tricycle but there was no fuel. He dropped me and another person whose intestines were already out into the bucket of the tricycle and pushed us to a nearby filling station where we were fortunate to have a vehicle to the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital. At a point, I wanted to chop off the leg because there was no hope,” he indicated.

Mr. Joseph Arhin Junior has spent the past year seeking medical attention for his leg to be reconstructed.

”I’m now a prisoner in my own house. I spent my life savings to get my leg to where it is now but I need more. I later had information that the government was paying all the bills so I sent them my receipts but I was not given all the amount spent. Now my fears and worries are that if I’m not able to go through the reconstruction process, I will not be able to walk and take care of my family again. I’m not blaming anyone, I’m only pleading for assistance to get my leg reconstructed. Any individual or organization that can help should reach out to Connect FM in Takoradi,” he indicated.

The Appiatse Disaster Relief Committee has marked the first anniversary of the deadly explosion that claimed many lives in January last year.

Sixteen persons were recorded to have lost their lives with many more victims receiving treatment.

By Eric Nana Gyetuah|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana

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