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Help save me and let me live again, 60-year-old Civil Servant with stage five kidney disease who needs transplant cries out

By Guardian Nigeria
22 December 2021   |   11:06 am
For Assumpta Okosi, 60, the only thing that matters now is how to raise money to get a kidney transplant. Assumpta battling stage five chronic kidney disease has been hospitalised at the General Hospital Onitsha Anambra since November. Even though she has been receiving palliative care and undergoing regular dialysis, she said only a kidney…

For Assumpta Okosi, 60, the only thing that matters now is how to raise money to get a kidney transplant. Assumpta battling stage five chronic kidney disease has been hospitalised at the General Hospital Onitsha Anambra since November. Even though she has been receiving palliative care and undergoing regular dialysis, she said only a kidney transplant that doctors say will cost a whopping N16m can help him have his life back.

Assumpta Ikosi says she still remembers the days she used to be active and vibrant as civil servant. She said a lot of her dreams are on hold as she battles chronic kidney disease.

Asumpta said she did not know that what started as a mild illness would degenerate into a stage five Chronic Kidney Disease.

Stage five CKD, according to experts, occurs when the estimated glomerular filtration rate falls below 15, indicating that the kidneys are failing or close to failing.

Her doctors have told her that she would need a kidney transplant to increase her chances of living a longer, healthier life.

According to Assumpta, her health challenges started during a routine medical checkup in the year 2017. She said that was when she got the news that she had high blood pressure.

She said that she started attending a private hospital for treatment from 2017 to 2019, adding that she was placed on medication. She, however, stated that no one discovered that her kidney has been affected.

“My serious ailment then has been gastric arthritis, my uric level was quite high and it affects my mobility because I was quite an active and busy person and what I do was to use painkillers and I later got to know that the Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are not good for the kidney,” she recalls.

Chronic Kidney Disease is a condition characterised by a gradual loss of kidney function over time and it can lead to kidney failure.

“We have done eight sessions of dialysis with the cost ranging from N30, 000 to N65, 000 per session depending if you’re not getting extra injections. It has been projected that I urgently need a kidney transplant.

“The budget is between N16 million to N20million so that it will take care of the donor, post-surgery, logistics.

“I want the good people of Nigeria to help me have my life back. I will appreciate it if Nigerians can donate voluntarily and generously to the cost of my transplant. I’m looking at 16million and whatever they contribute will go a long way to get to the target.

“Please help by sending donations to  ASSUMPTA OKWUCHUKWU OKOSIUDEMEZUE Account Number is 6161882119. Fidelity Bank Savings Account. House Address: No. 25 Awka Road Onitsha Anambra State”. Assumpta said.

The 60-year-old civil servant is billed to continue his dialysis until she can go for a kidney transplant.

“It’s a costly process but the faster I go for the transplant, the better. I appreciate everyone who has given their widow’s mite to commence the initial treatment and I still appeal for more funds,” she said.