….Cries For Help
An officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP), who suffered third degree burn in 2004, is calling on President George M. Weah to help him seek further medical treatment abroad.
Nathaniel Lackay, a former Patrolman, said he was burned by street sellers in 2004 in Clara Town while performing his duty.
According to officer Lackay, he was among the officers selected to remove gas sellers from the streets of Monrovia because rioters were buying gasoline from street sellers to burn mosques and churches during the infamous Christian and Muslim war in 2004.
“While arresting gasoline vendors from Bushrod Island, a group of gasoline sellers attacked me and spilled a gallon of gasoline all over my body and set me at blaze. Even though I was not alone on the mission, I was the only one affected because my colleagues escaped and I became the victim,” he lamented.
He said after the incident, he was taken to Ghana for first aid where he spent four years in the hospital in pains and anguish.
Officer Lackay, who fees abandoned by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her government, said after years of being in Ghana, the Government of Liberia through Madam Sirleaf made an arrangement with the Thailand Government.
He said at the time it was agreed by both Liberian and Thailand governments that he be taken to Thailand for plastic surgery, because the surgery could not be performed in Ghana.
He also said doctors from Thailand informed the hospital in Ghana to prepare him in three weeks for surgery in Thailand.
The LNP officer said to his surprise, the Liberian Ambassador to Ghana came to him telling and said President Sirleaf instructed that he be flown back to Liberia.
“When I was informed of going back to Liberia, I was disappointed and I asked, how can I go back to Liberia in this kind of condition when I know that plastic surgeries are not done in Liberia?” he said.
Being disappointed by the news, Officer Lackay said he refused because according to him, he was still in pains and the doctors in Ghana had told him that his condition does not required heat.
According to him, he later agreed to return to Liberia after he was convinced by the Ambassador that the Liberian Government has already put things in place to suit his condition.
Officer Lackay: I was told that a Liberian plastic surgeon name Dr. Robert H. Dennis was in the country to take him to the United States for the surgery. When I arrived in Liberia and spoke with Dr. Dennis, he told me that there was no arrangement between him and the Liberian government”.
He also said that he was taken to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center where he was readmitted, and that while at the hospital in 2008, President Sirleaf in her state of the nation address mentioned him cautioning young Liberians to join the police force saying that the government was going to take care of them in difficult times the way he was being taken care off.
He said after the president’s speech, when some journalists wanted to talk to him, he was taken to the ICU in hidden to avoid him talking to the journalists.
The abandoned officer said after being in JFK for sometimes, he was discharged and taken home without any information about his wellbeing and has never received anything from the Liberian Government despite several letters written by him.
“Even my mother has developed pressure because of my condition and I have no one to help take care of my children and pay my rent. The US$150 I get monthly is what I used on pain killers and other medication”, he said.