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Mother of paralyzed 17-year-old boy calls for help

Mother of the 17-year old boy, who was paralyzed after falling from a coconut tree, is appealing for help to afford her son appropriate medical care.

Richard Djamgba was paralyzed five months ago when he fell at his school at Aboabo Sonkor Presby JHS in Suhum in the Eastern region .

Richard's science teacher only known as Sir Johnson, allegedly forced him to climb and pluck cocunut for him, an action which led to the accident.

A major concern for the 17-year-old, beside his inability to walk, is the abrupt disruption of his education.

Speaking to JoyNews, Richard acknowledged that he misses attending classes and that it hurts him to accept that he cannot walk with his mates to school.

The distraught young man appealed for help in restoring his health in order to enable him continue with his lessons.

Listen to Richard below:
A mother's plea
Dede Mary, mother of the injured boy, says it has been a difficult time for the family.

She said they had spent about four months at Korle Bu, adding she gets heartbroken whenever she sees her son in such a state.

We really need help, whether it's a job or anything that can make him happy. Even if he never walks again, he should get something to do which can make him happy and forget the trauma he has been through, she indicated.

Listen to Dede Mary below:
Students at the school have corroborated the injured boy's account of the incident and told JoyNews that the teacher in question is notorious for punishing students who do not obey his orders to the letter.

They accuse the teacher of forcing Richard to climb the tree despite his insistence that he was not feeling well that day.

Despite the length of time since the incident, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Eastern Region, Emmanuel Asiedu- Acheampong reports that his outfit is awaiting a formal complaint and report on the incident before taking any action against the accused teacher.

He described the incident as “unfortunate” but indicated that the GES' hands are tied until the veracity of the claims can be authenticated.

"Once the service has been able to authenticate the claims, he said, “then the GES systems will find a way of handling that situation. We have rules and regulations, then the law will take its course.”

He indicated that no decision has been made yet on whether or not to compensate Richard but added that should the teacher be found culpable, “we will find a way of disciplining whoever has faulted.”

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