Monsuru Lasisi At The Mercy Of Spinal Chord Injury
MONSURU Akande Lasisi, 41, was recently knocked down by a careless driver around Abule-Egba by Awori Bus Stop in Lagos. He was rushed to a private hospital in the area and spent about three weeks there. He was later referred to National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL) where he spent seven weeks after it was confirmed that it was a spinal cord injury. He is now lying paralysed on his bed in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Doctors say he needs about N6 million to undergo surgery in India.
A distressed Lasisi lamented: “I do everything on this bed. I cannot move. I need help from kind-hearted Nigerians to raise the money for my surgery in India.” He added that he cannot feed himself and his mother, Ajoke, 80, has been feeding him. Unfortunately, he lost his father, Adetunji very early in life.
“I lost my father when I was two years old. My mother has five children. My siblings are doing their best for me. My mother has been supporting me.”
But his condition would not have degenerated to the level it is today if not for the poor state of the medical equipment in the general hospitals in Lagos. “At NOHIL, they said that they didn’t have bed. They referred us to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). On getting to LASUTH, again they said that they didn’t have bed. They referred us to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). At LUTH, they said the same thing. And I was in serious pain,” he recalled with tears.
After spending seven weeks at NOHIL he was discharged. “After I was discharged, I had a complication again. I discovered that something like pus was coming out from a boil around my penis. After it stopped, urine was coming out from the spot. I had to go to Igbobi again. They now referred me to the Urology Department at LASUTH.
“It was there they discovered that it will be difficult for me to urinate through my penis. They had to insert a catheter close to my private part which I am now using to urinate. Later, I discovered some pains in my neck and the right hand. That was when I was advised to write a hospital in India which I did. The hospital requested for my doctor’s report which I sent to them. They said that I need to undergo a spine surgery. I need N6 million for the surgery in India.”
Lasisi attended Army Children Primary School, Abule Egba in Lagos; finished in 1987 before proceeding to Vetland Grammar School, Oko Oba, Agege and from there to Ogun State Polytechnic between 1995 and 1997, where he read a certificate course.
The law firm of Kunle Fadipe and Co. in Ogba, Ikeja has been assisting Lasisi on issues relating to his accident and medical assistance being one of their clients. He advised members of the public willing to help him to contact the law office on 08023399650,08029470058 for further enquiries.
Financial assistance towards meeting the cost of his surgery and other medical expenses should be channelled to his FCMB Bank Account:
Monsuru Akande Lasisi
Acc no: 3269108013.
Phone no: 08027292144