By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
Little Philip Zinnah, Jr, one year and seven months, is suffering from severe pains in his private parts as a result of wrongful circumcision performed by a man believed to be an employee at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and the T. B. Annex in Congo Town. “My son cries everyday and does not sleep at night whenever he urinates or excretes because of the injury done to his penis,” the father of the child, Philip Zinnah, Sr. explained the ordeal of his son.
Mr. Zinnah said the circumcision of his son was deferred at birth at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital because he was born sick but when his son recovered, someone recommended this employee of the JFK/TB Annex to his family stating that he was good at performing such surgery.
He said following an arrangement with the health employee only identified as Nimely, his son was scheduled at the T. B. Annex compound on January 4, 2014 where the surgery was performed perilously thereby leading to the cutting off of the child’s penis.
Mr. Zinnah explained how he had gone to several if not all medical centers in the country to seek relief for his child but was advised that it was impossible that something could be done health-wise to restore his son’s penis in Liberia.
Mr. Zinnah said when Nimely was approached concerning the matter, he angrily told the family to stop calling his telephone instead they should take him to court and when the T.B. Annex administration was contacted the administrative head told the family that she was not aware of the situation.
The family is now seeking the intervention of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Walter Gwenigale, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Pro-temp, Gbezohngar Findley, Speaker Alex Tyler and Chief Justice, Francis Korkpor as they do not have the resources to seek justice in the courts.
Mr. Zinnah is also seeking assistance from all well meaning Liberians to enable their son seek advanced medical treatment and return to normal life again. Those wishing to assist the family can reach them on cell numbers 0886930404 or 0776497152. They can also do so through the Managing Editor of this paper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, on cell#:0886516533.