‘My brother wouldn’t have wished to be kept on life support’

Brother of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Boakye Agyarko, has said that his younger brother, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, would not have wanted to remain on life support for a prolonged period of time.

Speaking about the death of his brother for the first time, the former Energy Minister told a delegation of MPs who paid the late MP’s family a visit on Thursday, 22 November 2018, that: “Knowing him, particularly, that he loves life and enjoys the use of it, it would not have been his wish to be kept on life support, just hanging in there for whatever God knows what”.

The late lawmaker died from an acidic reflux and a malignant gallbladder infection, his brother revealed.

He died at a hospital in the United States of America on Wednesday.

Recounting the events prior to his death, Mr Agyarko said: “On Sunday, he [deceased] boarded a flight to the U.S. He began processes for admission at the Yale University Hospital, where our older sister works. One thing led to the other and quickly the situation began to unravel. Within a space of three months, a healthy body has been reduced to a cold body”.

“The health personnel tried whatever they could. Ghanaian doctors who released an MP from their country has been admitted owed it a responsibility to salvage the situation. At a point, there was no way his life would be sustained,” he added.

The late former Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) now FDA, was born on 10 December 1957 at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region.

He was also the Chairperson of the Environment, Science and Technology Committee of Parliament and once served on the Government’s Assurance and Health Committees.

The late pharmacist-turned-politician obtained a BSc in Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1982.

He was age 61.


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