News About Rev. Prof Seth Ayettey, KBNF Advisor and Friend

(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.

Accepting Donations for KBNF Garage Sale

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation is accepting donations for our garage sale on Saturday, October 16 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

We are accepting: furniture, tools, jewelry, books, clothing, children’s toys, kitchen items, and household items. To donate, please call 1.877.468.6380.

For more information about the Charity Fair and Garage Sale, please click here.

Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer

For those in the Lower Mainland, watch Marj Ratel on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer on Shaw TV on Tuesday, October 5.

Marj will be talking about KBNF and the Charity Fair & Garage Sale.

The live show airs from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and it will repeat at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Paul Holman


AHA Creative Strategies

A Letter To You

I was given an opportunity 10 years ago to support neurosurgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Today, we have an international team of experts in health care, finance, construction, etc., devoting their time and skills in partnership with Ghana to establish transformative contemporary health care for the West African region.

Much international aid work IS being done to help Africans; however, giving them a full tool kit to establish independence is simply not yet a reality.  A simple analogy goes like this. If you have nails, but not a hammer, and are trying to drive in a nail with your hand, eventually most would just give up believing it to be hopeless.  For decades, African doctors who deeply care about their people have been working with such limited resources, that it is next to impossible to provide anything beyond rudimentary care. Training an African as a neurosurgeon and then sending him home to practice with only a thermometer and tongue depressor for tools, well you get the picture. Consequently, the brightest students leave the continent to follow their dreams abroad. Autonomy will not be achieved in our lifetime. But . . .

What our Langley-based international team of volunteers and specialists are achieving is to provide a full tool kit, in full partnership with Ghana’s government, national hospital and university. This includes supporting the building of a new and sustainable contemporary hospital at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, an Emergency and Clinical Specialties Centre, teaching and training the nationals on their continent, and establishing a world class neuro-research centre for tropical disease studies affecting the brain and spinal cord. It is a mammoth undertaking, but it is being done.

Many Ghanaians are world-class specialists and we, in B.C., receive benefits from their superb skills.  Kofi Annan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, is one example of a world leader who has recently returned home to build stability and advance the cause of Africa for the region.

Would you join with us? You would be a part of a world-class project literally breaking new ground. Please give us the opportunity of meeting you on October 16th and sharing these and more exciting developments.

In gratitude for your time and attention,

Marjorie Ratel RN BSN


Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation [B.C.] / Korle-Bu Foundation [Canada]

Fundraising Update

KBNF is going all out in October to fundraise in an innovative manner, with the help of Diamond Delivery. This is our first major fundraiser since the fall 2007 Table Tennis Tournament at Kwantlen University. The goal is to raise $30,000 to $50,000 (including corporate sponsorships). This is to give you an update (and advance warning that you are very much needed), so that you can mark your calendars and come prepared to put in a few hours, based on your abilities and availability. (You can also buy stuff at the sale!!!)

No. 1: Container shipment to Nigeria of medical supplies and equipment.

The 40 foot container will arrive Friday morning Oct 1st at the Diamond Delivery warehouse in Surrey (13350 Comber Way, Surrey, B.C. between King George Hwy and 132 St., just north of 72nd Ave).
 Strong people (aka men) are needed to load the beds upright into the container. Mattresses will be put between them. The skids will be loaded with the aid of DD forklift people, but the boxes will be piled to the ceiling, so a stepladder or two will be welcome (to work within the container).

It is planned to work on Friday till mid afternoon and to finish loading on Saturday morning Oct 2nd if necessary. (The container will be picked up and taken to the port on Monday Oct 4.)

The heavier boxes will be put in the bottom and the lighter ones on top, so some sorting of the boxes on the skids will be required. The boxes are labelled – white label with red border on the side of the box with an approximate weight to facilitate this.

The existing preliminary inventory of boxes etc. will require updating as items are packed.

Shipping the items stored at the DD warehouse is making room for the next event (in case it is indoors because of bad weather).

No. 2: Giant Garage Sale and Fair at the Diamond Delivery warehouse Sat Oct 16th.

Volunteers are required for many tasks over the next 3 weeks: Putting up posters, delivering flyers, collecting items for sale, manning the storage trailer at Westwood Lumber at times designated for drop off of items, sorting items in the 40 foot DD trailer (used to collect the sale items), etc. More info on this will be provided shortly.

On Friday, Oct 15th, volunteers will be needed to set up the tables and items for sale at the warehouse, to be ready to go the next morning.

Many volunteers will be needed on Saturday, Oct 16th (between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) to make sure all goes smoothly with the various activities and that sales are brisk and profitable for KBNF. Volunteers will also be needed at the end of the day to put the tables and left over items into a truck.

On Sunday, Oct 17th, a few volunteers will be needed to take (or accompany) the left over items in a truck for sale at the Abbotsford Flea market, thus tapping into new customers.

Volunteer Committee meetings and planning the events, are occuring every Saturday morning. The next one, on Sat, Sept 25th is to be in Richmond, location yet to be specified. I will keep you informed.

Vancouver people needing a ride on any of these dates can phone me for pick-up.

Plan to give a few hours of your time. Bring another helper along if you can.

Jocelyne Lapointe

KBNF Executive Committee Secretary