Perfect Daba, 23, bled to death in three extraordinary hours during which she failed to reach the hospital. She had delivered a baby girl in the middle of the night but started bleeding badly. Sammy his husband tried to rush her to the hospital but sadly, the only exit out of their village, a metal gate was shut for the night. The gate separates Torgome village from the Kpong Power Plant managed by Volta River Authority in Volta Region, Ghana. The gate is shut at 10 pm every evening. Nobody comes in, nobody goes out of the village.
Perfect and her husband got to the gate at 3 am, desperate to get to the hospital but the gate was locked. The gateman was nowhere to be found. It took Samy an hour to locate him but it was too late. Perfect was hanging unto dear life. By the time they reached the hospital, she had bled to death.
“When Perfect died, it felt like someone took my heart and threw it into the lake but with your support, I can hope again. I still believe Perfect could have lived if that gate was open that night but I’m not bitter. I will never forget her face as we were looking for the security guards. The VRA gate has been there before I was born, but thanks to you all, the security guards are now letting people pass the gate at night, small small. Other good things will follow because I believe that no matter how long it takes, Torgome will never be the same again. Perfect has not died in vain. I look at my last born and remember her, every day” Sammy.