Ama’s thanks to life-savers
Jan 20 2008 by Our Correspondent, Wales On Sunday
AMA Sumani last night asked Wales on Sunday to pass on a big thank you to the anonymous Dutch couple who have paid £3,000 so that she can have life-saving treatment in Ghana.
The money supplied by the couple, who now live in Cardiff, will enable Ama to continue her kidney dialysis treatments for three months.
Speaking from her hospital bed in Accra, Ghana, the widowed mother of two said: “I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
“God bless them. God bless them for saving my life.”
Ama then revealed the moment she believes saved her life – if only temporarily.
“When I took the call from the lady I could not believe how much she was helping me.
“I asked her name, but she would not tell me. I am so thankful to her for saving my life like this – and helping my children’s lives.”
In fact, Ama has been overwhelmed by the attention she has received.
She revealed that her children – Mary, 15, and seven-year-old Sameb – were delighted to have their mother home but were still fearful about their future.
“My children cry whenever they see me,” said Ama. “But I tell them not to cry. That God will look after them.”
Ama initially came to the UK to study accountancy four years ago on a student visa, but moved to Cardiff to find work as a cleaner when she was told her English wasn’t “up to scratch” by course leaders in London.
She then developed a cancer which affected the bone marrow and had received regular dialysis sessions in Cardiff after her kidneys failed more than a year ago.
She is now staying with a friend in the Ghanaian capital and admits that after eight days without dialysis her condition was deteriorating rapidly.
Her feet were swollen which made walking very difficult and she felt sick and lethargic.
But since resuming dialysis she said: “I feel a little bit better now.
“The swelling has all gone.”
And she also paid tribute to the nurses and doctors who cared for her at Cardiff’s University of Wales Hospital.
“They are lovely people. Wonderful,” she said.
“I was so happy with them. So many of them were upset when I was told I had to go back to Ghana.”
Now Ghanaian radio station, City FM, has set up an appeal on her behalf.
“I don’t know what will happen to me now,” said Ama. “It is in the hands of God. But if I had the chance to return to Cardiff to be treated – I would be happy to go back again, definitely.”
nTo donate money to Ama, send a cheque made payable to Ama Sumani, c/o Xquiaite Africa, 148 City Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3DR.