Serah, Before and Now

 

Martins Ifijeh

A 25 years old wannabe teacher, Serah Osabuohien, whose intestine has been redirected from the anus into a handy bag, is urgently in need of N10 million naira to treat colorectal cancer if she must live to fulfill her dream.

She was diagnosed in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba earlier in the year to be suffering from colorectal cancer, and was told she still has the chance of living a normal life if the required amount is available for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

According to her, “the doctor told me when the test result came out, that I still have about 60 to 70 per cent chances of survival as the cancer cells were still localised. But he warned that I must start chemotherapy as soon as possible.

“I was told the N10m will cover for six chemotherapy sessions, radiotherapy for 30 days and surgery to put back my intestine, so that I can defecate the normal way.”

Sarah, who ran around to raise the money, could only get N330,000 through Niola Cancer Foundation, and between which her health started deteriorating.

“I immediately started the chemotherapy because I was advised to start as soon as possible, while continuously looking for the funds to complete my treatment. I have done two sessions now, and I can see the difference. Few months ago I stopped walking, I was getting emaciated and felt dizzy often. But since the two sessions now, I have regained my strength back.”

But Sarah has exhausted the N330,000 on the two sessions. She is left with nothing to do another session which is billed for Thursday (today). She urgently needs kind hearted Nigerians to assist her in completing her remaining four sessions, 30 days radiotherapy and a surgery.

“Doctors say if I delay my sessions, I may relapse, while the cancer continue to spread until it is unable to be tackled. Right now I have been told I have all the chances to survive, but I don’t have the finance to continue my sessions. I don’t want to miss my sessions,” she added.

For assistance, Serah can be reached on 08134685268. Account details are, name: Serah Osabuohein, account number: 2039564497, bank: UBA.