Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, in his account of the severe asthma attack he suffered in prison at Nsawam Prison, revealed how an act of kindness nearly cost him his life.
Tsatsu was held in Nsawam Prison after being found guilty of causing financial loss to the state by a High Court in Accra chaired by Judge Henrietta Abban.
The former managing director of the Ghana National Petroleum Commission was jailed on June 18, 2008 for his role in a loan facility that GNPC guaranteed to Valley Farms, a private cocoa producer.
Tsatsu told Pan-African TV that one day before he suffered his attack, a prisoner came to see him asking for help for another inmate who was being attacked.
Tsatsu says he gave his inhaler to the inmate even though he was aware of the dangers.
“The day I finally got out of prison with [an] asthma attack. The day before, one of the prisoners came to me and told me that a prisoner had a severe asthma attack and that if there was anything I could do to help him take medicine.
“By then my wife had brought me a new inhaler. A lot stronger than my inhaler. As soon as he said I gave it to him and in the evening I had my own stroke which was beyond the Ventolin inhaler.
“In the morning, the situation was clearly dangerous. I could have died, it was so dangerous. The director then felt so helpless because they took me to Nsawam hospital, they couldn’t handle the situation. The [was] be an evacuation to Korle Bu or 37 or elsewhere.
“It was my wife who had to organize [an] ambulance from Koforidua to come to Nsawam because there was no ambulance anywhere. And first at 37 and they realized that the intensive care unit probably couldn’t handle the situation, so they took me to Korle Bu, ”he recounted.
Tsatsu Tsikata, however, felt a certain sense of accomplishment after learning of the impact of his act of kindness ten years later.
“The good news is that I was able to receive medical treatment and thank goodness I am still alive. It also meant that the prisoner was also saved and can you believe that ten years after the day I went to jail , we went with Pastor Jones and a medical team to do a medical mission?
“A prisoner comes up to me and asks me, ‘Do you remember me? It was I who came to get this inhaler to give to the person who [an] asthma attack. This person is always grateful to you because his life was saved, he was released from prison and now he is in Germany. And he can’t help but remember that moment of inhalation. This is why I say that maybe they think it for the bad but that God thinks it for the good, “he said.