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Toyin needs N250, 000 to undergo surgery, blood transfusion


Toyin Odunuga, 46, is a sickle cell patient. She needs N250, 000 to undergo surgery and blood transfusion at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos. In this interview, she told PAUL ADUNWOKE how she has been managing the ailment.

How have you been coping with the sickness?
It has not been easy because I am going through a lot of pain, and I need financial support urgently from well-meaning Nigerians to undergo surgery and blood transfusion. I would really appreciate anyone wishing to assist me. I stay indoors a lot because of the pains, and even when I have jobs, I am not able to go out to do them because of the pain. I have only been surviving through God’s grace. My church members, family and friends have been helping me so far.

What advice do you have for those with the same problem?
I would advise parents especially not to abandon or give up on their children who have sickle cell disease. Sickle cell children should not be discriminated against, no mater what the child may be going through. Some people think that when a child has sickle cell, he/she will die before the age of 25, but that is not true. If the ailment is well managed, the person can live longer and even get married and have children.
People think I would die before the age of 25, and even those who wanted to marry me ran away because they thought I would die before now. But thank God that today, I am 46.

Which types of food should people with sickle cell consume?
Everyone should eat well and stay hydrated, but it is especially important for someone with sickle cell disease. Train your child how to avoid alcohol and smoking, both of which can make things worse. And if you as a parent does not drink or smoke, your child will not feel different or worry about fitting in. So, people should encourage their children to make healthy choices for meals and snacks.

What should parents know about early signs and symptoms of sickle cell?
If you notice certain abnormal things happening to your child, go to see a doctor immediately, especially if they are strange symptoms. Your child could need medical help, if he or she has these signs, which include fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, belly pain, an unusual headache, any sudden weakness or loss of feeling, slurred speech and sudden changes in vision, among others.Anyone who wishes to help Toyin can reach her through this line: 08073444405. With her GTB account number: 0010075002, Name: Oluwatoyin Rhoda Odunuga


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