Great, born without anus and with hole in the heart, seeks N6m lifeline
In the seven months Innocent Great has lived, it has been with acute pain and misery as the baby boy battles symptomatic congenital heart disease at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. He has for most of the seven months been a patient of the hospital’s Paediatric Cardiology unit, where the ailment, popularly known as a hole in the heart, is being managed.
After several tests, doctors further confirmed Great to be suffering from neonatal intestinal obstruction, secondary to anorectal malformation noted from birth, which means he has no hole in his anus to pass out faeces.
According to the boy’s father, Mr. Innocent Solomon, it was noticed that Great suddenly stopped taking breast milk shorted after delivery on December 22, 2015. Examinations carried out on him showed that his anus was not opened. That discovery led to the beginning of the baby’s continued stay at LASUTH.
A surgery was performed on Great, which involved creating a hole by his stomach, from which the baby passes out faeces. Five days after surgery, while hopes were high for his quick recovery, Great began coughing. Another examinations carried out by a cardiologist indicated that he has a hole in his heart.
Managing Great’s health has posed a severe financial strain on the family, which had adversely affected the father at the insurance firm where he works. His mother, Ijeoma, is a student of Abia State University. She has had to abandon studies since Great’s birth to look after him at the hospital.
At present, the toddler has been recommended by his doctors for an imperforated anus and a hole in the heart surgery in India, which will cost about six million naira. The family, therefore, solicits for financial assistance from Nigerians to save the boy’s life and fly him to India for the operation.Donations can be sent to: Solomon Innocent UBA 1018820565 or Solomon Innocent GTB 0173977982.