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Community rallies around Richmond Police Officer in time of need

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 15:35:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Friends of Richmond Police Officer Mike Nyantakyi are coming to his aid after his fiancee experienced a medical emergency following the birth of their baby girl.

Baby Madison was born on June 16.

Nyantakyi’s fiancee Annika suffered from high blood pressure during the pregnancy. Her blood pressure rose even higher after the birth.

Mike Nyantakyi and baby Madison

Mike Nyantakyi and baby Madison

Her blood pressure rose so high, doctors kept her in the hospital a few extra days after Madison’s birth.

Recently Annika had trouble breathing at night.

Doctors determined her heart was functioning at just 10 percent of its capacity.

She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, according to a GoFundMe page set-up by a friend.

Michael K Nyantakyi (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

Michael K Nyantakyi (PHOTO: Richmond Police)

The condition can lead to heart failure and prove fatal.

Annika was admitted to the hospital and will stay there while doctors figure out their next steps.

Annika’s diagnosis coincided with Mike returning to work following his birth of their daughter.

“Mike used his available leave time for the birth of his child, and now this unfortunate event has happened, leaving him responsible to care for his sweet wife and baby Madison with no paid leave time available to use,” friend Steve wrote on GoFundMe. “Mike has been a Richmond City Police Officer for almost a decade, making sacrifices, leaving his family at night, on the weekends, and holidays to help the less fortunate and the needy.”

Money raised on the website would help Mike cover basic needs in the coming days and weeks.

“While he is on leave without pay, he is still expected to pay for health insurance and other bills that would keep a roof over their head, the lights on and food in their bellies. So please help this loving family with what you can,” Steve wrote.

By Tuesday afternoon the page had raised more than $2,000 toward the $10,000 goal.