The body of a missing doctor whose vehicle slipped away in floodwaters Monday has been found, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has confirmed.
Archibald Cobbinah, the Greater Accra regional coordinator for the organization, said local fishermen found Aya Hayfron’s body downstream Kpeshie Lagoon, which swallowed her vehicle trapped on a bridge on Teshie Bush Road. Her body has since been sent to a morgue.
The evening Hayfron went missing began like any other for her and her husband Bernard Kofi Agyei Oppong. After a long day’s work, the married couple were at home tending to their 15-month-old son. But the day ended in catastrophe, leaving a family heartbroken and a community angered by what has become the new normal for Ghana and its weak infrastructure needlessly taking lives.
“The whole incident happened so fast,” Oppong told Joy FM
On Monday evening around 7PM, Dr. Hayfron, a medical doctor who recently completed her housemanship at Ridge Hospital, left home and headed to church where she was leading a meeting for her congregation’s choir.
Oppong says shortly after she left, he fell asleep, but Monday’s torrential downpour woke him. For her safety, he proceeded to call his wife advising her to spend the night at her parent’s house, which was closer to her church. No answer.
An hour later, she called informing him she was trapped at a bridge on Teshie Bush Road, not far away from where they live. He rushed out of the house – leaving behind a crying baby – and fought flood waters, in hopes he could help her.
“I was parked about 150 meters away and saw her struggling to get out of the car,” Oppong described. “I was running through the water. I chased after the car but I was blocked by a building.”
He says at some point, the waters were above his waist, but determined to save her, he swam to her car, where a group of people were attempting to rescue her.
Moments later, he says her vehicle slowly slid into a lagoon. Helpless, he watched his wife disappear. It was the last time he saw her.
This morning, her car was retrieved from the lagoon and her body was also found by a fisherman. It is unclear how far her body was away from the vehicle.