On June 30, 2017, Afriyie suffered a massive seizure and was helicoptered almost 50 miles to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where she was diagnosed with a lemon-sized meningioma, a brain tumor, on her frontal lobe. It was one of the largest her medical team had seen.
On July 5, 2017, her neurosurgeon successfully removed the meningioma. After her craniotomy we believed she was in the clear. However this did not prove true. She was hospitalized again July 24-July
On August 4, 2017, Afriyie was hospitalized for the third time for extensive pulmonary embolisms or blood clots, in both her lungs. Now she is oxygen dependent, and can only walk a few feet before becoming short of breath.
On August 24, 2017, Afriyie was discharged from the hospital. She has home care, which includes a nurse, a nurse assistant, occupational, speech, and physical therapy.
She needs your help. Before June 30, Afriyie had worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner and had taught for 16 years both in the College of Nursing Graduate School and the College of Medicine at USF. As part of her doctoral project, she helped a nursing school in Ghana obtain its initial accreditation. She most recently taught in South University's Graduate Nursing Program. Afriyie is particularly concerned with addressing healthcare needs of underserved populations and volunteered at her community’s free health clinic until her hospitalization. She has also volunteered at migrant health and homeless clinics in Michigan and Florida. Afriyie has truly dedicated her life to service and teaching others.
It is suspected that the year prior to her hospitalization, Afriyie was already suffering effects from the tumor. She had become increasingly forgetful, suffered more frequent and debilitating headaches and progressive weakness. She had taught for over 17 years but her contract was not renewed. Being unemployed and in increasingly poor health, she eventually was unable to retain healthcare insurance.
Your Go Fund Me funds will help pay for such basics as utilities, food, and housing for her and her 97 year old mother for whom she is the primary caregiver. Funds will also assist with her seizure medications (two meds are $1600 a month), oxygen concentrator and oxygen tanks, doctors’ visits, occupational, speech and physical therapy. Afriyie and her mother are financially devastated as her medical bills are nearly $500,000 and the only income they are receiving is through her mother. Afriyie is applying for assistance but in the meantime desperately needs your help.
Please help Dr. Afriyie Johnson get her life back so that she can regain her health and once again provide health care to others.
- Eric Moore
- Richard Weathersby
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- Patricia Seabrooks
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