Osei Owusu (first left), Owusu Amankwah (middle) and Ofori Adjei

Medical Team shows professionalism again

Posted on: Mon Apr 16, 2018 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe

The Kotoko Medical Team earned loads of commendation on Wednesday when they swiftly left their bench to attend to Dwarf’s Paul Abaka who broke his ankle in the match day-5 game in Kumasi.

Team Nurses; Andrew Owusu Amankwah and Gabriel Ofori Adjei rushed unto the pitch after a SOS call by centre referee Prosper Adii. This was after goalkeeper Felix Annan, who was the closest to player, started making distress gestures to the referee and the two benches for prompt medical attention.

Paul Abakah broke his ankle while falling to the ground after a body contact with Kotoko's defender Wahab Adams two minutes into stoppage time.

Though not obliged to help, Owusu Amankwah and Ofori Adjei dashed to the scene as Emmanuel Osei Owusu joined them from the stands.

It was a horrific sight for the players and technical officials who went there as they all gnash their teeth, held their heads and looked away the moment they saw the player’s dangling leg.

Dwarfs’ medical staff lacked the expertise, but the Kotoko trio, who are all nurses at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, gave the player the best of first aids before sending him to the hospital in an ambulance.

This is not the first time the medical staff team has attended to a player of the opposing side with a fatal injury.

It can be recalled that the team, in the 2016/2017 season, extended similar services at the WA Park,  and also for two players of  Bekwai Youth Football Academy in the Round of 64 stage of the 2017 FA Cup.

Osei Owusu told Kotoko Express on Thursday: “We are professionals in the health industry so it is our duty to save lives regardless who is involved. It really doesn’t matter if the victim is our player or not. He broke his ankle and the first aid we gave him really help to reduce the intensity before he was taken to the hospital.

"We ran an x-ray on him and detected that he would need a surgery. But, unfortunately the decided to take him went back to Cape coast with his legs wrapped with Plaster of Paris (POP).

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