By Bashir Adefaka
If urgent treatment is not administered on Mr. Uzoma Okoro, a Lagos-based radio technician, Nigeria may lose yet another citizen to the terminal ailment called kidney disease.
Mr. Uzoma, 41, has been diagnosed and found to be suffering from kidney disease, which the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Urologist Consultant, K. H. Tijani, described as “recurrent left flank pain.”
According to a letter signed by the medical expert, “Physical and radiological evaluation with a urogram and ultrasound scan revealed a non-excreting kidney with hydronephrosis (probably secondary to) and a stone in the renal area.”
He added that the patient, Okoro, was being scheduled for exploration and possible pyelolithtomy or nephrolithotomy, which was said to mean removal of the problematic kidney if it had to be handled in Nigeria.
Mr. Okoro, whose LUTH’s Patient’s Personal Card, numbered M587208, shows he was first attended to at the teaching hospital on the 11th of August, 2011 said the ailment started two years ago.
“I came to Lagos in March 2003 and was doing well as a radio technician. Two years ago, I discovered that I was having constant pains on the left side of my body and I went to a nearby hospital where I have been receiving treatment,” Okoro told Saturday Vanguard. He said it was when the pains refused to subside that he was referred to LUTH where “they carried out series of tests on me and they said I had kidney problem.”
He went further, “They said the only way to solve the problem here in Nigeria is to cut off the bad kidney except it is done abroad,” he said.
Mr. Uzoma Okoro later visited Me Cure Healthcare Limited, a company offering services regarding related ailments in Nigeria and thereafter is urged to seek to treatment locally or arrangement procedure be made for treatment abroad. “And the matter now appears to be at the level of being finally cured should the fund required for carrying out the treatment abroad be availabl,” Head, Medical Tourism Division of Me Cure Healthcare, Mr. Mehta Aman, had said.
When Saturday Vanguard visited Me Cure Healthcare head office in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Aman, confirmed the existence of the kidney ailment confronting Mr. Uzoma Okoro. He had, in an earlier email message, passed the advice from India by Dr. Rakesh Khera, Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, Renal Transplant & Robotics on to the patient.
According to the mail, Mr. Aman said the treatment would cost approximately 10,000 US Dollars equivalent of N1.5 million. Other costs to be incurred in the course of the treatment, he stated, include that of obtaining Visa, which he said would be paid directly to the embassy; air-ticket; accommodation for 20 to 30 days in a nearby guest house in India and feeding for the same estimated number of days.
In all, about N3 million is needed to save Mr. Okoro, whose physique is already fading away and this amount is needed urgently.
“I appeal to all Nigerians to please help me. Don’t let me die. I am not a lazy person and I have always, in my life, laboured hard to be a good and law abiding citizen. Please help me.
“I also use this medium to appeal to the able Governor of Imo State, my home state, Chief Rochas Okorocha and Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola to please come to my aid. God will bless you all as you take part in saving my life,” Okoro pleads.
“For all donations, please pay to the following bank account details: Guarantee Trust Bank (GT Bank), Airport Road Branch; Account Name: Okoro Uzoma Timothy; Account Number: 0107932074”.