‘Special’ Ayeyi’s wish of meeting First Lady of Ghana fulfilled
Ayeyi Yiadom-Boakye, had her wish of meeting the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo come true.
Ayeyi had in a TV3 report highlighting her condition, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, told Portia Gabor she wishes to meet the mother of the land who she appealed to for help.
Osteogenesis imperfecta is caused by defective genes. It is a group of inherited disorders characterised by fragile bones that break easily.
Touched by the story of Ayeyi, the first lady on Friday invited the little girl over to her office in Accra to get up-close and personal.
The First lady in the meeting, described how she found Ayeyi in the video to be very upbeat, lively and articulate. she said she was so touched when getting to the end of the video she made a request to meet her.
It was a rare moment and all joy for Ayeyi as she met and interacted with Mrs Akufo-Addo face-to-face in her office.
An obviously touched Mrs Akufo-Addo described Ayeyi as “a young, beautiful, cheerful child with such great optimism”.
Ayeyi’s mum Justina Yiadom-Boakye on the other hand, explained Ayeyi’s condition to the first lady and pointed out some of the challenges facing her and other OI children the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Ghana Foundation have identified.
Mrs Akufo-Addo however pledged her support for Ayeyi and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Ghana Foundation, which is championing the cause of persons suffering from the ailment.
She said she was inspired by the story of Ayeyi as told in the TV3 story by Portia Gabor.
“Her challenges aside, she looks to the future with so much hope. She offered to sing my favourite song. Our encounter has inspired me,” Mrs Akufo-Addo posted on Facebook after meeting Ayeyi.
Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Cynthia Morrison, who sat in the meeting with Ayeyi’s parents, promised her outfit will continue to support children with special needs in the country.
Below is a post by the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo