By Emma Amaize & GODWIN OGHRE
TWO secondary school students, Miss Ann Adamatie and Master Victor Adamatie, aged 16 and 13 respectively, have cried out to the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and other kind-hearted Nigerians to save their 51-year-old mother, Mrs. Roli Adamatie, a teacher, who is suffering hiatal hernia with reflux esophagitis and peptic structure from the paroxysms of death.
“Our prayer is that God will bless the governor and give him more wisdom to rule the state. The Almighty will preserve and enlarge his coast, as he puts smile on our faces by providing succor for our dear mother,” little Adamatie said amid tears.
Since 2011 when the once vivacious mathematics and physics teacher at the Malachy Secondary School , Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State was diagnosed of the life-threatening ailment at the Irowa Medical Centre, Benin-City, Edo State and referred to the Apollo Hospital, Bangalore, India, for medical surgery, the Adamatie family has been crying.
For the sufferer, Mrs. Adamatie, who, since the ailment started, has taken to mind the adage, “Knowing the name of an illness is solving the problem half way”, one equation she has tried to to work out for more than a year now is the veracity or otherwise of this saying.
Reason: Doctors have identified the illness as hiatal hernia with reflux esophagitis and peptic structure, which means the name of the ailment is known, but the equation is not balanced, as she does not have the equivalence of N4 million that the Apollo Hospital, Bangalore, India, charges to perform a medical surgery on her.
In fact, when Mrs Adamatie’s referral was done by Irowa Medical Centre, Benin City, Edo State in 2011, the bill at that time was N2, 621,000.00, but at the obtainable exchange rate, it is has skyrocketed to over N4 million.
Mrs. Adamatie , who planned to be an author by writing two books, one in physics and the other in Mathematics for secondary school students, has been cracking her brain and running from pillar to post, in the past one year, to crack the equation, but to no avail.
Her husband, Mr Tony Adams Adamatie, a retiree and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leader in Oghara, was practically weeping as he spoke to Sunday Vanguard on the plight of her beloved wife.
His words, “So far the illness has cost the family over N2.6m, we have been moving from one hospital to the other within and outside the state, yet there is no solution”.
He said he had made passionate appeal to the government, but the family was yet to get succor as the time he was advised to speak to Sunday Vanguard.
According to Mrs. Adamatie’s referral letter, reference number, IMC/VOL.2/2037, dated, 10/9/2011, from Irowa Medical Centre, Benin City, where she was earlier treated, she was diagnosed of the ailment in August 2011.
According to the letter, she is known as Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) patient and was operated for perforated duodenal ulcer and unbiblical hernia, six years ago.
In 2007, she was operated again for strangulated intestine obstruction from incisional hernia, but she later developed features of esophageal stenosis for which she was treated at Irowa Medical Centre in Benin- City, Edo state without positive result.
“Recent Barium swallow revealed associated peptic structure and hiatus hernia”, the letter stated, adding that she has to be referred for further medical treatment at Apollo Hospital India.
The couple and members of her family have appealed to Uduaghan, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara, governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as public-spirited individuals, to come to the aid of the housewife and teacher.
She frequently takes minor treatments at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin City, which Mr. Adamatie said the family was finding difficult to cope with. On Tuesday, when Sunday Vanguard called Mr. Adamatie to find out the situation of the wife, he said it was still very dicey, adding, “As I speak to you now, am in Asaba, where I have gone to meet some friends to beg for assistance”.
In a letter of acceptance to treat the patient satisfactorily, dated 25th August, 2011, the India hospital said, “ Mrs Adamatie will come with one attendant, both of whom will remain in the hospital for 20 days. “
The Adamatie family can be reached on phone number, O8037714944 or the through the Editor, Sunday Vanguard .