(Excerpted and edited from the emails of his friend Jim Thomas, Ghana Prisons Ministry)
Seth Ayettey is in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg sustained in an armed robbery home invasion by five assailants at 01:00 Ghana time on October 5th. The thieves broke down many locked doors to gain access. The thieves took all the money in the house and they took the cell phones, and some jewelry. They said the money was not enough and shot Seth before leaving, in the presence of his wife Cecilia and his seven-year-old daughter Naakai, known to many across North America as Baby Ceci, KBNF’s poster child.
The bullet entered the leg just above the knee and shattered the lower femur. He lost a lot of blood, but the surgeons were able to stabilize him. The operation lasted almost six hours. Another operation is scheduled for Saturday to do reconstructive surgery. Seth remains in ICU; he is talking and in reasonably good spirits.
The police captured four of the five assailants. Apparently they had robbed five homes in the same manner. The police set up a perimeter roadblock around East Legon (a district of Accra, Ghana) and the thieves tried to run it. Two were shot and killed and two captured, another escaped.
Discussions are under way to determine if Seth should be brought to the USA for reconstructive surgery to increase the chances of a better functional outcome of his leg. Unfortunately, gunshot wounds are all too common in the US and their trauma hospitals are experts at these types of injuries. As Jim Thomas shares, “Our concern and major objective is to see that Seth gets the best care.”
Many have already offered financial support to Seth and Cecelia. Seth thanks everyone for their prayers and asks that everyone continue to pray for not only him, but also for the other victims and for the robbers. More information on how friends of KBNF can help Seth and his family will be posted as it becomes available. We will also keep you all fully informed of any developments.