Young Umoru needs N4 million to correct hole in the heart
The joy in the family of Afekhide Umoru from Ososo in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State when doctors told him that his barely one year old marriage would soon produce an offspring as his wife, Vivian had become pregnant, is almost in ruins.
Reason is almost one year after the delivery of his twins, the younger Shekinah Daniel is struggling to survive. He has been diagnosed of having a hole in the heart and needs about N4 million for the defect to be corrected.
The ailment is taking its toll on the family finances as the little income from the father, who is a junior worker of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), goes into hospital bills. His wife, a petty trader has had to stop going to the market to take care of the baby and his twin brother, who is well.
Narrating their predicament to journalists, Vivian Umoru said the twins were delivered in July last year and “from birth did not grow well. He was delivered with a very low birth weight of 1.5 kg after then he was in an incubator before they discovered a very large hole in his heart. Doctors said he needs surgical repair, so we are hoping that God will help us to be able to do that.
“For now, because of his condition, I have not been able to do anything. I am a petty trader. We have been using UBTH to treat him but we are told the treatment cannot be done in Nigeria. The doctor said we would need above N3 million for him to be treated abroad.
“For now he is on two major syrup which are to reduce heart attack by draining fluids from the lungs instead of the fluid going to the heart. We have been on admission and he has been feeding through the nose because he cannot eat normally we have just been discharged because of the recent strike by health workers so we are placing him on those drugs, presently if you look at his stomach, he is not getting well. Now we feed him trying to give him through syringe through the mouth. He has difficulty in eating and breathing.
“We want financial assistance so that we can do the surgery. The doctor said if we can do it now, it would be better for the life of the child at this age. We want government and individuals to support us financially. We have account in his name to support us,” she said.
In the same vein, his father, Afekhide Umoru, said: “We got married in 2016. It has been a challenge to us because we have been going to the hospital since his birth. We spent initial three months in the hospital Special Intensive Care Unit and after discharging us, we have been going to the hospital.
“It has affected my work and I want the public to help me financially because it has affected my income. I have borrowed a lot of money, we find it difficult to feed now or even cloth ourselves because every penny we get goes to the hospital to take care of baby. To pay rent now is a challenge, we cannot feed well.”the account details opened for the baby is Umoru Shekinah Daniel, FCMB 5264130017.
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