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The Board of Trustees of the DWIB Leukaemia Trust is deeply saddened by the death of Sussuanah Owusu-Appau, the second-year student of the University of Ghana, who had been suffering from Leukaemia. Committed to making a Life-Saving difference in the lives of people suffering from leukemia, The Trust is undaunted by this loss, and continues in its attempts to improve by at least 75 percent, the quality of life and chances for survival, of Leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and lymphoma patients in Ghana. It is hoped that this service will be extended across West Africa in particular and expanded worldwide to all peoples of African descent in the world.

In April 2005, in line with its objectives, The DWIB Trust set up a fund to assist Leukaemia patients go through their life saving treatment in Ghana. The Trust, has been liaising the case of Sussuanah Owusu-Appau since March of this year when her case was brought to its attention. We are thus very devastated by her sudden death. This is more so because of the large sums of money that had been pumped by The Trust into her treatment, trusting that would help her recovery, before her condition was brought to the attention of the public. Eventually in SEPTEMBER, faced with the deterioration in her condition and overwhelmed by the need for additional funds which The Trust could immediately not afford, DWIB Leukaemia Trust decided to solicit your financial support for her treatment through the media. The first point of call for this assistance of the general public was TV3 television station.

By the grace of God, TV3 responded positively when DWIB Leukaemia Trust knocked at their door for assistance in sourcing funds from the public to save Susuanah’s life.

The DWIB Leukaemia Trust is eternally grateful for the major role TV3 has played. We take this opportunity to thank the management and staff of TV3 for helping DWIB Leukaemia Trust in its attempt to save yet another life from the scourge of Leukaemia. We also wish to thank all the benevolent organizations, societies, students and pupils, individuals as well as families who rallied around Sussuanah Owusu-Appau with various sums of money hoping to save her life. May the Lord bless and keep you all.

The DWIB Leukaemia Trust believes your financial support has not been in vain. What it seems to have failed to achieve for Sussuanah, can be achieved for another person diagnosed with leukaemia. We wish to take this opportunity to comfort and encourage the public not to give up its attempts to save the lives of leukaemia patients. Danny Whyte, Executive Director and Founder of the DWIB Leukaemia Trust, also a leukaemia patient, is a living example of the fact that treatment of leukaemia patients can, and does, work. We urge you to continue to give generously to the DWIB Leukaemia Trust Fund

The question on many minds right now must be: “Why did Sussuanah Owusu-Appau die in spite of the financial support received for her treatment?’’

The DWIB Leukaemia Trust would like to believe that had the young lady had access to treatment earlier, she might have lived. Unfortunately, when earlier in the year she had suffered a relapse, she was unable to receive treatment due to unavailability of funds. This situation must have exacerbated an already bad situation, making her chances of survival that much slimmer.

On the other hand, if a bone marrow match had been found, Sussuanah Owusu-Appau‘s chances of survival would have been much better because the bone marrow transplant IS the ultimate for success in the treatment of Leukaemia patients all over the world. But that is the very reason why DWIB Leukeamia Trust exists! It was founded to set up a bone marrow Register for people of African descent! To increase the chances of our finding a match from the 1 in 100,000 possibility that exists now, to something more akin to the 1 in 5 scenario that exists for people of Caucasian descent.

Sussuanah Owusu-Appau is not the end of the DWIB story. To assist the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in its care delivery, The Trust is currently working feverishly to complete the refurbishment of an isolation wing for leukaemia patients. The isolation unit is made up of a treatment room fitted with medical apparatus, 3 wards to accommodate 6 patients, bathrooms and toilets. It also includes a nurses’ station and a visitors’ room. With this accomplished the DWIB Trust would have gone a further step in its avowed intention of contributing to the recovery chances of leukaemia patients and people suffering from other blood related diseases, who can also receive treatment at the facility.

The Trust continues in its commitment to sourcing funds for the treatment of leukaemia patients on admission who are genuinely unable to afford the rather expensive cost of treatment. The Trust’s Treatment Fund Committee will asses each one of the many requests for help it receives, and with the help of its medical members recommend those who should benefit from the Trust’s Treatment Fund.    

The DWIB Leukamia Trust expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends and loved ones of Susuanah Owusu-Appau.





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