Eyewitness Recounts JFK Neglect Contributed to Shaki Kamara’s Death


 Monrovia – In the wake of widespread reports of poor performance by nurses and doctors at the John F. Kennedy Hospital which some victims say is contributing to numerous deaths at the hospital, an insider who once served a top position at the hospital has disclosed that neglect led to the death of little Shaki Kamara who was fatally shoot by officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia in West Point in 2014.

During the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus a quarantine of the West Point Community as an Ebola preventive measure turned violent and led to a fracas between security officers and protesting residents. The situation led to the discharge of firearms where little Kamra was shot.

According to Daylue Goah who at the time worked at the JFK, the wounded Shaki after he was taken to the JFK for treatment was left unattended as he bled profusely until his death.  

Goah said officials of the JFK including Chief Administrator Dr. Winnie-Scott McDonald and others sat in their offices while Little Shaki was lying in front of one of the doors at the JFK bleeding.

“On August 20, 2014, 16 year old Shaki Kamara was shot by AFL soldiers; he was taken to JFK for treatment to give him a fighting chance to survive the fatal bullet wounds. But he was refused treatment. The Chief Administrator Dr. Winnie-Scott McDonald and her cohorts looked on and later locked themselves in their offices while he bled to death in their office lobby”, stated Goah.

The former JFK employee described that situation at the hospital as neglect and wickedness. Goah posted: “Fellow Liberians, I had promised that I would be publishing tons of documents, checks, pictures and videos on the corruption, neglect, and wickedness at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital next week. But I thought to give you a sneak peek of what is to come”.

Shaki could have survived

Goah who said he was present when the late Little Shaki was taken at the hospital expressed that had the kid been given better care, he could have survived the bullet wounds.

“I also have the CCTV video footage of the incident. This kid could have lived, but he was some poor boy from West Point whose life wasn’t important. So he cried in excruciating pain and died right before their eyes! I cry every time I think of his horrible final ordeal and those of others. We must end this now, Liberians”, stated Goah.

Several Liberians continue to complain about activities at the JFK including lack of proper care for patients and other treatments that are contributing to the number of deaths taking place at the hospital.

Montserrado County lawmaker, Saah Joseph recently described the situation at the JFK as death trap. Representative Joseph expressed that there are many deaths at the JFK due to unprofessional behavior of workers.

Another lawmaker Edward Forh is currently in court with the JFK after he sued the hospital for the death of his daughter who also died of different illness during the Ebola outbreak. Lawmaker Forh is legally contending that nurses and doctors at the JFK refused to quickly attend to his daughter which led to her death.

Until the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County was reconstructed the JFK was the biggest medical facility in the country. In recent years the hospital has come under heavy criticisms for alleged poor performance.