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Distraught mother of three sicklers cries for help


• First Daughter Attempts Suicide Over Condition
Devastated mother, Mrs. Felicia Oyebola Atolagbe, has been carrying the burden of three sickle cell children for years.

Atolagbe, who hails from Ekan Meje, Oke Ero Local Council of Kwara, but works in Lagos, is in pains.

Atolagbe, who spoke up last weekend, needs help to amplify her anguish over the cross she has been carrying for over 20 years.

Her voice shook as she eventually burst out in tears. She later regained her composure to pour out her mind.

According to her, she got married to her husband, Rufus Atolagbe, 21 years ago that yielded their three children: Precious (20), Praise (18) and Paul (13), are all carriers of sickle cell.

Since then, it has been tales of woes.

Their father, Rufus Atolagbe, who was working with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PCHN) and who has been largely responsible for the upkeep and the medical expenses, was laid off in 2015.

The cross, she said, has since been placed on her shoulder.

She said Precious is a 500 level Law undergraduate at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State. She has been in and out of hospital and had undergone Exchange Blood Transfusion.

“She has been on admission since January 3, 2019. She was on Oxygen for days and she was transfused several times. She has attempted suicide twice, but was saved by providence.

Praise, who has just completed her Secondary School, was recently discharged from the hospital after she had a surgery for appendicitis. It was not a minor operation but considering her status, she had to be transfused.

Paul is in Senior Secondary class and currently, he has been in and out of hospital.

Apart from being jobless, she said her husband has a serious health challenge (Displaced Spinal Disc), thereby confining him to routine physiotherapy session at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.

Atolagbe said she desires to see her children survive these crises and fulfill their dreams.

In her Save Our Soul letter, she wrote: “My husband and I have not been able to cope again with the demand of the crisis of their health expenses. I am writing this letter with a lot of pain in my heart and tears. I don’t want to lose these children, no matter what.”

She said she has incurred debt in hospital bills and outstanding school fees, which is becoming increasingly difficult for her to bear.

“ At present, I am so depressed and traumatised. That is why I am reaching out to fellow Nigerians to help me lift this cross I have been carrying alone and silently, for years,” she said.

Considering her eldest child’s recent ordeal, the distraught mother said she is afraid she might lose her (Precious) because she is not getting the required medical attention due to lack of funds.”

She said she was left with no choice other than to cry out to kind-hearted Nigerians, government and corporate organisations to assist her.

For enquiries, she can be reached on 0803 716 4624 while donations can be paid into: Atolagbe Felicia: GTBANK: 0007187156.

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