By Abel R. Okai
GBARNGA, BONG COUNTY – Little Benetta Favor Jaimah is three years few months old at the moment; her parents are continuously growing uneasy as a result of the unhealthy condition of her eyes.
Her mother and father, Somee K. Jaimah and Pastor James V.W. Jaimah Jr., appeared worried and depressed about their daughter’s eyes.
The two struggled at their Phebe Community residence as to who should speak to journalist about the condition of little Benetta. Benetta stood by them, crying, with a cool aid in her hands while her parents concluded on who to speak to our reporter.
Her eyes appeared a bit darker and teary. “James, just talk to the journalist,” Mrs. Jaimah said to her husband in a soft tone.
Pastor Jaimah, following a moment, braved the storm and accepted to explain what Benetta’s condition has been.
He said Benetta’s eyes began developing problem when she was three months old. “This child was born without any complications, but after three months, we saw her eyes just turned blue. From that time up to today, we have taken her from hospital to hospital in this country but to no avail,” Pastor Jaimah told reporter.
He told GNN-Liberia that five months ago, an Indian medical doctor at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital in Monrovia informed them of “pressure in the eyes” of Benetta. Pastor Jaimah said the doctor further advised them to take the child to India for medication on her eyes. He said the doctor also cautioned them not delay to avoid total damage of Benetta’s eyes. According to him, the doctor said the child’s eyes would be damaged in a year’s time as of the date of the discovery if the treatment is not done.
Pastor Jaimah on behalf of the family is meanwhile appealing to philanthropic organizations, the government of Liberia, government officials and good will individuals to help provide funds to underwrite the cost of plane travels to India and back for the child’s medical treatment.
“For the cost of the treatment in India, the doctor told me that it is not much. But the main challenge we have is getting the plane tickets,” Pastor said.
He said it is regrettable that as a family, they can’t afford to champion the cost of rescuing the eyes of their daughter whom he termed as “smart and promising.”
The family is reachable through the following contacts: (+231)-886-817-724/886-898-663/0775-038-165.