Ghanaian Actress Maame Gyanwaa Shares Heartbreaking Struggle with Severe Eye Condition and Financial Hardship

by Louisa Afful
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Ghanaian actress Mavis Yeboah, known as Maame Gyanwaa from the show “Cow and Chicken,” has opened up about her four-year struggle with a severe eye condition.

In an emotional interview with blogger ZionFelix, Maame Gyanwaa shared her journey, which began with misdiagnoses of malaria and glaucoma. Doctors later found a blood clot behind her eye, deemed incurable. She has spent over 11,000 cedis on treatment but has lost sight in her left eye and has blurry vision in her right, experiencing frequent blackouts.

To seek affordable treatment, she travels monthly from Accra to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, costing up to GH₵400 per trip. Despite offers for treatment abroad, surgery was ruled out by doctors after reviewing her scans.

Maame Gyanwaa also lost her son to cancer in 2021, further draining her finances. She now sustains herself through bead-making, which requires her vision, but has received no acting opportunities and is struggling financially.

“I haven’t been called for any acting gigs. I appeal to people to help me in any way they can. I am quickly losing hope,” she said tearfully.

With rising medical costs and economic challenges, Maame Gyanwaa pleaded for assistance from fans and colleagues, revealing thoughts of suicide if she loses her right eye.


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