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21 August 2017

How does it feel to live with a swollen head for 10yrs? – The story of 12-yr-old Suleman

Suleman wants to be a teacher although he has been out of school since he was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis some six years ago.

At a time when many children are being talked out of their dream of becoming a teacher, Suleman remains unfazed.

He is still infatuated with his 12-year-old dream of helping others to acquire knowledge and values.

“I want to be a teacher in order to bless others,” were the words of the boy who has been battling with tumor for the past 10 years.

The last time he stepped into a classroom was 10 years ago.

But he told Joy News’ Ernest Kofi Manu despite his sickness that appears to have stopped his clock, he is hopeful.

Suleman was born in Nkwanta in the Volta Region to poor farmers in 2005.

His first visit to a hospital was when he moved to Accra to stay with his brother.

The doctors concluded the tumor was spreading very fast. It started from his teeth and spread to the left eye. The next stop of the tumor was his brain, which continues to deny him the joy of childhood.

“It is very painful. It hurts a lot especially at my ear and neck,” Suleman said trying to support his swollen head with his right hand.

His foster mother, Amina Iddrisu said the family has not had good sleep since the start of Suleman’s sickness.

“He is intelligent and has been studying with his siblings but his condition has taken him from his books,” she said.

A Neurosurgeon at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Mawuli Ametepe told the reporter that Suleman’s condition is as a result of the nerves developing some lesion.

“If it is sharing a space with the eye it will push it away and take over,” he described what may happen if an urgent surgery is not performed on the boy.

Suleman needs GHS40,000 for the lump that has developed to be removed and for his face to be reconstructed.

“I still want to be a teacher,” Suleman told the reporter with his eyeballs swimming in hot tears.

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