By Ahamefula Ogbu
To Isiaka Yusuf, 52, nature has been most unkind by turning his erstwhile family into a financial wreck though he has never claimed to be rich. His family was a happy one that lived normally till six months after his twin children Taiwo and Kehinde were born.
Â Yusuf, a recharge card seller whose wife is an auxiliary nurse tearfully narrated how a rise in temperature by Kehinde later left them distraught and fighting to save his life at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan since June 2011 for hydrocephalus ailment.
Several trips to different hospitals and specialists over the years has drained their very lean resources before they were told that the boy needed N400,000 for corrective surgery for which he is now crying to the general public to help him out.
â€œHe and his twin brother, Taiwo, were born normal but six months after being born on 19th of September 2009 at Iseyin General Hospital, Iseyin, Oyo State Nigeria, Kehinde had repeated high temperature prompting me and my wife to take him to Ado-Awaye General Hospital, Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State where the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital who also doubled as the owner of Holy Land Hospital, Peller road, Iseyin, in Iseyin Local Government Area passed a drip via his head. Two weeks later my childâ€™s head started growing more than his entire body and he could not sit nor walk nor control his head since then.
â€œHe had undergone two surgeries (one at the University College Hospital and the other at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital) and currently undergoing physiotherapy at the University College Hospital (UCH).
â€œMeanwhile, his Doctor says he has to undergo a minor surgery on his legs and some other treatment estimated to cost N400, 000 or more even as we are yet to see any change in my child after spending fortunes on him since March 2010 as a result of which I have sold virtually all my properties to see him through. Before going to the University College Hospital (UCH) in 2011, I have taken him to about 10 different private and trado-medical hospitals. I am now tired and seek the assistance of members of the public to help raise this fund to treat him or assist in taking him to any hospital in Western Countries for better and less-stressful treatment.
â€œPlease help for Godâ€™s grace and I pray God showers HIS mercy, favour and grace on you abundantly as you help. May you never lack, Amen.
Â â€œWe can be reached at No. 231 Ire Akari Quarters, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, on 08022300344 or 08059001989. Our bank details are Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Account Number 0151945965, Account Name Kehinde Abdur-Raheem Yusuf or Skye Bank Plc Account No.: 1031284723 Account Name is Kehinde Abdur-Raheem Yusuf, His UCH Ibadan Hospitalâ€™s number is 1209980 for verification,â€ he appealed.
Yusuf said though the ailment had made their lives miserable, he intended to do everything under his power to see that his son lives a normal life again and had no other means of accessing treatment except to appeal to kind hearted individuals for assistance.