The Coffin Maker Episode 43

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Michael Ansah

Jesus Christ of Nazareth, papa so how bad is her injury and where from that sceptic car because in the town there is no such car operating there and I hope the driver didn’t run away?

Opana

It is one thing that has been baffling my mind, my son, as I called you and you didn’t answer, that question came into mind. She has been rushed to the theatre and she is been operated upon, it is when the doctor comes out that is when we will know the extent of the injury. And for that stupid driver, I’m told he jumped into the bush as he saw people running towards his car. There is no news about him for now.

Michael Ansah

But papa does it look that bad and will it be necessary for me to come back?

Opana

My son what will your coming do? Just concentrate on the mission ahead of you, if the need arises for you to come over, I will alert you on that. But please just stay focused and I will update you on any development concerning this issue. Before I forget, have you gotten to your destination?

Michael Ansah

No papa I’m still in a car going.

Opana

Ah that long time? What accounted for this delay that you are still in a car and not at your friend’s end?

Michael Ansah

Hmmmm, you won’t believe what happened papa. This afternoon, the thing (necklace) saved me from an accident.

Opana

What do you mean, my son?

Michael Ansah

Papa, as I got to the lorry station the bus had moved so I was directed to a new and bigger bus which had no passengers in it, as I sat in it, I felt hungry so I ate the food mummy gave me and in no time I got some stomach upset so I got down to ease myself. When I returned someone had taken my seat. I tried to let him vacate my seat but he was adamant so we started exchanging words and all of a sudden I started felling the strangling on my neck.

As by your directive, I obeyed my instincts and got down from the bus even though I was angry within me. I got a car some minutes later. Papa you can’t imagine the bus I was supposed to board run into a ditch and talking to you right now, no one survived in the bus.

Opana

Now I guess you will not get a reason to doubt what you have on your neck. We will talk later because I have seen the doctor coming out of the theatre, we will talk later. (Call ends)

After Kwaku Mike finished talking with his dad on his phone, the phone he picked from the accident scene started ringing and he answered the call. He told the caller that the owner of the phone had been involved in a fatal accident, and he gave the caller the direction to the exact spot the accident took place.

Kwaku Mike and his travelling mates got to Accra some hours later to meet a transformed place. He realised that, the entire place had changed with massive infrastructural development. The air also started blowing violently. It seems the storm had now gotten to the capital city and looking at the sky it wasn’t looking friendly at all.

The driver dropped them at a filling station and everyone went his way. But Kwaku Mike didn’t know where to pass so he brought his phone out to call his friend and alert him that he was finally in Accra. As he called him, the network was not that clear to hear the exact direction that was been given to him due to the air that was blowing. So he strained his ears to listen to what his friend was saying and before his friend could finish with his direction as to where he could pick him up, Kwaku Mike’s phone went off due to low battery.

He decided to make a move to the spot his friend gave out so he hired a taxi to drop him at that location where his friend will meet up with him.

As they got to a quiet and lonely road, the lights of the taxi went off all of a sudden and the car refused to move. The driver tried everything he could do but the car won’t just start, Kwaku Mike was very angry but there was nothing he could do, he paid the driver half of the fare he was charged and he decided to go on foot since no car was plying that road they used.

After walking about 40metres, he started feeling the strangling again so he started looking around to see if anyone was chasing him or coming after him, he then decided to move from the road to the bush by the roadside and the moment he did that he saw car lights coming his way. He wanted to come out and ask for a ride from the approaching car but something told him to continue hiding in the bush. All of a sudden, the approaching car stopped right in front of where he was hiding and immediately some people came down from the car wearing all black and holding guns.

The moment Kwaku Mike saw that he got scared and decided to hide well. In no time, another car drove from the other direction to where the people were and as the car stopped the men in black brought someone out from the car they came with. The person had been blindfolded and because the second car that came had its light on, Kwaku Mike could see the people very well. It looked like something was about to go on.

He remembered he had a sophisticated phone on him so he brought it out and as he checked the screen of the phone there was no lock or pattern on it so it meant that he could make use of the phone without any restrictions. He started recording what was going on from where he was hiding in the bush and thanks to the car lights, he was getting everything clear without putting on the flashlight on the phone.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Opana and his wife were sitting in front of the doctor to hear what he had to say to them.

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Doctor

Well, sir and madam, I will go to the point without beating about the bush, your daughter is currently in a coma and I believe she will be in that state for some days before she revives. But the bigger problem is that, because of the severity of the accident she has gotten a problem with her spinal cord and also her…..

Akua Yankey

(cuts in without allowing the doctor to finish his statement) Oh my God, doctor so you mean that my daughter won’t be able to walk again or what, please tell me something.

Opana

Woman, get hold of yourself and stop that rude interruption when someone is talking. Doc, please continue for me.

Doctor

Well sir, I’m afraid to add that, your daughter might lose her memory as well because looking at this X-ray before me and test I conducted on her, the back of her head hit the ground and it has caused a clot of blood to block the vein that transports blood in and out of her brain.

An emergency surgery must be done so it helps her out or else, I’m afraid your daughter might run blind in the future; the ball is in your court right now.

Akua Yankey

Heeeeey the devil is a liar! and the witches of my house and neighbourhood can never succeed in what they are planning towards my family. I double-bind whatever plans and intentions they have towards my children and family, anything they are doing will never materialise. Nothing that are planning will come to pass, they won’t achieve their…

Opana

Woman please shut up and let me think, do you have to shift everything on witches or the devil? Papa doctor what is the chances now for my daughter or should I say what is the way out?

Doctor

Sir, as I said earlier on, your daughter must be operated upon and even with that she must be flown outside the country to either South Africa or America and the budget for that is around fifty-five thousand dollars ($55000).

Opana

Gracious God!!! Where am I going to get such money from? Doctor, can’t you make it in cedis or reduce it for us? My shop got burnt just yesterday including all my life savings, please consider my wife and I.

Doctor

Sir, it is not as though I’m the one charging the money to enjoy it but rather, the money will be used to pay for your daughter’s medical bills. And part of the money will be used to process her travelling documents. One person will have to go with her to help her with her things over.

Opana

Hmmmm, this is a very serious issue papa doctor, I have to start selling some of my properties to raise money so that my daughter is well taken care of, I won’t compromise with her life or health.

Doctor

That is very good to hear, the earlier the better for her. I have to attend to some other patients at the emergency ward, please be fast on this case because the earlier the better.

Opana and his wife left the hospital feeling very bad and in a very distressed mood, when they got home his wife engaged him in a conversation which nearly opened the gate of hell.

Akua Yankey

My dear so what is the way forward now?

Opana

I don’t know what to say, for now, I’m planning to sell my lands and palm plantations by the roadside where those estate developers have been bothering me about. I might not get all the money the doctor mentioned but I can get more than half of the amount.

Akua Yankey

So my love what about the shop you promised to get for me at the market square?

Opana

Woman, do the right thing at the right time. Our daughter is in a critical state at the moment and getting money to get her operated upon even is a problem, and you are here asking me for a shop. If my daughter doesn’t get back to her normal self again, then I will say forget even a table at the market square.

Akua Yankey

Okay my dear. Please be fast about the money for her medical expenses then. I can’t wait to travel with her to either America or South Africa.

Opana

(watches his wife like a lion who wants to attack his prey and spoke calmly) If you want to travel with your daughter, then get your travelling documents and money ready because I should be the one to go with my daughter.

Meanwhile, it is getting tough at the place Kwaku Mike is hiding, he is been climbed by ants at the place he hiding and the ants are biting him mercilessly.

TBC