We pumped Amissah-Arthur’s heart as hard as we could but… – Okyenhene

Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Panin II, Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, has revealed that he and other friends who were working out at the same gym with the late former vice president tried their best to resuscitate him on Friday but to no avail.

He said he has been working out at the Air Force Gym with Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur for the past 14 years.

Amoatia Ofori Panin II disclosed “any time I go there [gym], I meet my friend and we’ll talk, shake hands … and then go to our different machines”.

Narrating how the unfortunate incident occurred on that fateful day over the weekend, the traditional ruler added “… I heard ‘bang’! Three women in the gym were screaming, I left my machine and went and there lay my friend trying to find some air to breathe.

“We gathered around him and pumped his heart as hard as we could, yelled out his name; his wife was calling out: ‘Jesus, save him!’ I just said: ‘Call the ambulance, let’s take him to the hospital’.

“There were about seven, eight of us, and something dawned on me: When we took him out, there was no ambulance, there was no car, we threw the former vice-president in the back of a pick-up and drove off to 37.

“At this moment, I went back to the gym and everybody had departed. The place was empty. I just went and got my towel and my phone, called my driver to take me home.

“I was waiting so anxiously on the phone to hear if somebody will call and say that he’s alright. The call came, and Boakye, the trainer in the gym said Osagyefo, he didn’t make it. The vice-president is dead.”

Mr. Amissah-Arthur collapsed at the Air Force Gym on Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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