Two road accident victims need N28 million for surgery abroad

Date: 2016-04-01

They are Taofeek Alabi and Bashir Olamilekan - from Offa in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Olamilekan is a 200-level Computer Science student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, while Alabi is a welder. Olamilekan needs N25 million and Alabi, N2.5 million.

The victims, who have been bedridden for months, are appealing to Nigerians to come to their aid to enable them get well and return to their normal lives. In a save our soul (SOS) letter, the Offa Descendants Union (ODU) appealed to philanthropists, wealthy individuals and humanitarian groups to assist them.

"Bashir Olamilekan, from Ikolaba compound, Offa is a 200-level student of Computer Science of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was involved in an accident in front of the gate of the university on May 24, last year where he suffered spinal cord injury. The total amount of money needed for his medical treatment is N25 million," the statement signed by the Chairman and secretary, Alhaji Fasasi Balogun and Prince Raheem Amototo, stated. ODU added that Alabi hails from Amuyo in Offa, saying he sustained internal bleeding.

"The patient was later operated on January 30, 2016 with history of severe abdominal pain. He is now referred to UCH, Ibadan for proper medical attention that requires N2.5 million," the statement read.

The organisation said all donations should be sent to the Offa Descendants Union (ODU) home branch with First Bank account number: 3103386741. Other account numbers are Diamond Bank: Account Name, Afolabi Sikiru: Account no: 0024142738 and GTBank Asimiyu Oyewale: Account no is 0036487733.

Life is no longer the same for Alabi, a bread winner before he had the accident, that injured his genitals. He and his family have spent their fortunes to get him back on his feet to no avail. He is now at home and awaiting help from kind hearted people. The Management of Fadoks Hospital, Iseyin, Oyo State where Alabi was initially admitted, said he would need a reconstructive abdominal surgery on referral to India.

The Medical Director (MD) of the hospital, Dr. O. D. Fatukasi said Alabi had undergone surgery twice in his facility. In a referral letter to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr Fatukasi urged UCH to take over the management of the patient.

The letter reads: "Kindly take over the management of the above named patient who presented in our hospital on December 10, 2015, having been involved in road traffic accident (RTSA) and sustained ruptured spleen with attendant internal bleeding. He was admitted and repair carried out on the ruptured spleen. He got well and was discharged on December 22, 2015 when the condition improved.

"Subsequently, he represented on January 30, 2016 with history of severe abdominal pains with associated abdominal distension. He was readmitted and an impression of intestinal obstruction secondary to adhesion was made. Exploratory laparatomy revealed a 30cm gangrenous volvolus of the ascending colon from the ileo-cocecal junction short of transverse colon. We could not do a right hemicolectomy because the rest of the bowel was completely unhealthy and the condition of the patient was not conducive and not clinically stable, we therefore opted for colostomy on part of the gangrenous segment after releasing the volvolus."

Also, Mr Mbamalu Chibuike (PT) of Optimal Health Centre, Abuja where Olamilekan is being treated said that he "was presented in our facility on the June 16, 2015 with a-three month history of neck injury due to a road traffic accident in front of his school gate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

"This resulted in the weakness of both lower limbs. He is currently having bed sores due to prolonged lying which has been causing series of infections to him. He has been on regular physiotherapy due to financial constraints and this will not help him to achieve desirable functions. "He requires specialised management at Saket City Hospital for general body evacuation and examination; infection control; pressure sores management and stem cell surgery to improve his chances of recovery."

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