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Mbonu’s life hangs in the balance

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Miss Mbonu in her hospital bed in India.

Miss Mbonu in her hospital bed in India.

Seeks N7.5M support for kidney transplant

Life has never been the same for 30 years old Miss Tochi Mbonu, a microbiology graduate of the Benue State University. As it stands, her dream of pursuing a career in science is fast fading away, as she is currently battling end stage renal failure, a life threatening medical condition.

Mbonu, who is an orphan, is seeking medical treatment at the Jay Pee Hospital, India, where she needs N7.5m to undergo a kidney transplant. She’s currently soliciting support from well meaning Nigerians and organisations to enable her undergo the surgery.

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According to Shallom Ufforth, the Public Relations Officer of Dignity for the Helpless Foundation, an NGO assists Mbonu to raise fund for her treatment, Mbonu has been in the Indian hospital in the last six months, waiting for the money to be completed.

Ufforth, who was at The Guardian to solicit media support, said the organisation sends N60, 000 every week to Mbonu for dialyses and feeding for her mother and donor, including her younger sister, who are all in India.

“We want Nigerians to assist Mbonu financially, to enable her undergo the surgery because, currently, our organisation does not have cash and we need others to support our effort.”

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A copy of her medical report signed by a consultant Nephrologist with Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Dr. Balogun Bello, indicates that Mbonu had been diagnosed with end-state renal disease and had been on maintenance haemodialysis at a private dialysis unit.

While appealing to the general public to come to her rescue, Mbonu informed that her health condition started in 2014.

“I observed I had high fever on a day I went to bank to withdraw some money. I was still on the queue when I fainted. I just found myself at security post and I could not even remember the route to my house. I just graduated and got a job at that time, but I could not resume because of my ill health. I have spent all my savings on the dialysis,” she recounted.

Financial Support can be sent to Mbonu Tochi Gloria, First Bank Plc, 3098977816.


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