Afia

Born: 1985
Financial adoption: Fam. van Pelt, Holland, Sue Hatton, England and Annet Wentink, Holland
Afia is mentally retarded and does not talk. Her eyesight is impaired. Afia was brought to Hand in Hand from the mental hospital in Accra in the year 2000. She was very underweight when she came but nowadays she looks healthy. She was probably born around 1985. Afia loves taking your hands to play with. However, her biggest hobby is music, which makes her very happy. Breathlessly she listens to the songs Kofi Asare plays on his drums after dinner. Most of the time, she dances intensely to the music. Afia is not really able to make music herself because instruments are too difficult for her to play. However, the triangle is an exception. Once she starts playing, she doesn’t want to let go of it anymore. Afia sometimes can be aggressive and then she starts throwing things. Understanding that this may be a form of epileptic fits she receives anti convulsive medicines which help reduce her anger attacks. Afia doesn’t like brushing her teeth and it is still a daily struggle to get her teeth clean. She also doesn’t like to go to bed. Afia can eat by herself but sometimes pretends she can’t, so somebody will feed her. When she succeeds her eyes glow up..
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