By: Shalom Lumor| MyKuulFMonline| June 9, 2017
“Even though I cannot sit straight, so long as I can walk, I am hopeful of becoming a great woman in the future,” says, Bernice Ekpe, a young lady with hunchback.
Bernice, who was born 20 years ago in the Adaklu District in the Volta Region, says she was healthy and hearty until the age of 8, when she started developing a small growth on her back.
With time, the growth developed in a hunch, causing her severe pains in the waist, ribs and spine for years, Bernice she recounts.
According to her, she was at the initial stages taken to the Regional Hospital at Ho, where she was referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital in Accra for a test.
Unfortunately, however, because of the financial constraint of her poor family, Bernice could not undergo the prescribed test.
When the associated pain aggravates early this year, she was again referred to Korle-Bu in February, but her mum who is a farmer cannot afford the cost of the tests, hence Bernice is back home again relying on medications given to her at the Regional hospital to ameliorate her pain, while she prays for a ‘good Samaritan’ to come her aide sooner than later.
“The most unfortunate thing is that, because I have never gone through any test, I don’t even what’s wrong with me or the name of my condition” she said with a glimpse of a smile.
The condition has had a heavy toll on Bernice that she can do anything on her own, “I can’t do anything by myself, my mum fetches water for me to bath, cook for me and does virtually everything,” she noted, adding that she cannot even walk distances without having whistle stops to rest.
Bernice who had her education truncated as result of her condition, finally made it among the candidates who wrote the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
She reveals, she wrote her two mocks exams at the house and couldn’t take the third one, because she cannot withstand the pain caused her by the condition.
Bernice who took her papers lying down on a student mattress throughout the week long BECE, said she was hopeful of making very good grades to enable her pursue a secondary education.
“I am Just praying my mum gets money for my condition to be corrected so that, I can go to senior High school in September.”
Bernice Ekpe can only achieve her dreams, if society decides to support.