Episode 1

Love and profession


Anderson Ankomah

Ayorkor turned when she felt a tap on her shoulders in the shop she was shopping. Standing with a broad smile across his cheeks was a gentleman of about twenty nine years. He was five point five feet tall. Sixty six kilogram in weight and dark in complexion. He had a blue Lacoste and a jeans trouser on. Ayorkor scanned him from head to toe.

“hello I am Joseph but my friends usually call me Joe” the gentleman said and extended his hands to shake Ayorkor. The young lady reluctantly gave out her hand for a shake.
“I see you often here. I can see this is your best super market” Joe said to her still grinning

“yeah, you are right. This is where I always do my shopping. How may I be of assistance to you” Ayorkor asked him. There was no emotion on her face.

“I will like to know a little about you and be your friend” Joe replied.
“oh I see. I am Ayorkor. A paediatrician at Nickys Family Hospital. What about you. I mean what do you do?” Ayorkor grinned this time around

“I am a security personnel at Ecobank. East Legon branch of Ecobank” he replied
“security personnel?” Ayorkor almost screamed in shock.

“by the way, why did you stop me?” she asked

“well as I said earlier, I have been seeing you around and I must confess that you are a beautiful lady. Aside that, you are cool too and would like us to be friends which can lead to something good in the future” he replied looking serious. He meant business
Ayorkor understood what he meant. She scanned him again from head to toe.
“you! A security man wants a relationship with me a doctor? A professional one? Can you listen to yourself?” Ayorkor became impatient.
“please calm down. Love has got nothing to do with profession. The most important thing is the love, happiness and understanding. I promise you won’t regret if you give me a chance in your life” Joe said displaying emotions on his face

“just shush it!” Ayorkor blurted out angrily and left the shop to the parking lot.

She entered her car and turned on the ignition. The car responded with ease. She drove out of the super market without shopping. She was very angry with herself for choosing a low class super market. She decided not to return to the shop again.

She just didn’t get it. She intentionally told the young man about her profession to put him off but it seemed to her that the young man had deaf ears. How can he get the guts to propose to her, a professional doctor. A pediatrician. A doctor that takes care of children. She just didn’t get it. She hit the breaks hard when someone tried to cross the street and almost hit him.

The young man made the sign “are you mad” that was directed at her. Though she was angry, she felt the young man was right. She was on a high speed.

Her phone rang with full force and she woke up abruptly. She realised the event was actually a dream. She checked her clock. It read fifteen minutes past three in the morning. She checked the caller ID and it was a call from the hospital, where she was working.

“hello good morning Doctor Ayorkor. There is an emergency in the hospital right now that needs your attention. We need you here this minute” a male voice said through the phone and without waiting to hear what she had to say, ended the call.

That was Doctor Anderson. He was Ayorkor’s assistant at Nickys Family hospital. Because they love the profession so much, they worked with their hearts. They were as well best friends. Mr Anderson was a married man though Ayorkor wasn’t.

Ayorkor jumped out of bed with urgency. She rushed to the washroom, cleaned herself and rushed to her dressing room. In less than five minutes, she dressed and went to the garage. She entered one of her cars. The security guard opened the gate without asking questions because he knew his madam was a doctor and was called anytime when there was an emergency.

She drove to the hospital to meet a man and his wife crying at the waiting room. She went straight to Doctor Anderson’s office to find out from him what the problem was. The male doctor without wasting time, led her to the ward that the new patient was. The patience was a little girl of about eight years old. She was lying peacefully on the bed with two nurses with her. Ayorkor examined the child and realised her heart wasn’t beaten the normal way. She did a scan on her and realised the young girl had a “hole in heart” which was at its critical stage. The survival of the little girl was about forty percent. She shook her head in shock.

He ordered the nurse to tell the girl’s parents to see her in the office. She left the ward and entered her office. In less than a minute, the couple she saw earlier in the waiting room entered the office. She ordered them to take a seat and asked them a few things she needed to know. She didn’t understand why they had to wait that long before taken the child to the hospital

After a few interaction with them, she realised that the child showed no sign of ailment. The disease actually hid itself in the child’s system and sprung up all of a sudden. Ayorkor told them what the child was suffering from and disclosed that if surgery wasn’t done to correct the heart, the child would lose her life. She told them the surgery would cost and also because the child was in a critical stage, the percentage of her survival after the surgery was very low. She was frank with them. Doctor Anderson joined them in the office
Ayorkor disclosed the cost of the surgery to them and the man told her not to worry about money. All they needed was the survival of their child. She was their only child. The couple disclosed to the two doctors that the child was a miracle child to them because they were married for ten years and that was the only child they had. The man knelt down and pleaded with the doctors to save their child. His wife kept sobbing
“as I told you earlier, this hospital has got everything needed to save your daughter but since she is now in a critical stage, she has only forty percent chance of survival after the surgery. For now, I will advise you to pray for the child. It’s only prayer that can save her” Doctor Ayorkor advised.

Doctor Anderson led them to the cashier to do the necessary payment. Ayorkor sat in the swivel chair in the office with her laptop switched on. She went through some diagrams. She was poised to do whatever she could for the child to be healed.

Just then, the dream played back on her mind. She felt very angry though it was a dream. To her, a professional doctor is supposed to hook up with an engineer, A journalist, A politician who is in power or a business tycoon who is doing well in business. How dare a common security man to stand in front of her to ask her out. She wish she could enter her dream and discipline that young man for wasting her precious time and disturbing her sleep.

Her phone beeped. She picked it and checked. It was a message from Adjeley, one of her friends. Adjeley was a journalist that worked with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. One of the finest journalist so far in the country.
“hi girl friend, try and make time this weekend so we can meet at golden tulip. There is this young engineer that I want you to meet. You will love to hook up with this one. He is my friend and I know he is strictly single. He is an engineer in the oil industry. I guess you know what that means. Hope to hear from you girl”…. That was the text message
Ayorkor grinned. At least it was a new to calm her nerves. She had a dream she defined as horrible and a life threatening disease to tackle. She had to make time with friends to clear her mind and also hook up with an engineer. The thought made her shiver with ecstasy. She dialed Adjeley’s number and assured her that they would surely meet. She went back to her laptop after talking to her friend. It was a great relief to her.

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