By Bose Adelaja
ELEVEN months ago, Mrs Maureen Falemara, 32, was proudly expecting the arrival of her second child. Maureen who holds a National Diploma, ND, in Marketing from Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo, however had her joy cut short when it was discovered that the baby girl she was delivered of at a private hospital in Agege, was not altogether a normal child. Baby Favour was discovered to have a large ventricular septa defect.
She was thereafter referred to the General Hospital for further diagnosis and treatment. Unable to proffer solutions to Little Favour’s ailment, the medial doctors at the General Hospital again referred them to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, Idiaraba for further diagnosis and treatment. Going from one hospital to the other depleted Favour’s father’s lean resources which he earned from his printing job.
The plight of the couple attracted the sympathy of members of their family and friends who contributed their widow’s mite to find a permanent cure for Favour’s ailment. Fresh diagnosis on the little girl revealed that she needs to undergo proper medical attention in India or risk sudden death. The bill for the treatment in India was put at N2.5 million.
A medical report from LUTH reads in part, “Clinical assessment shows that Favour has features consistent with congenital heart disease and echocardiography confirmed the heart disease to be a large ventricular septa defect with enlargement of the heart. Favour requires further evaluation and cardiac surgery to correct the heart abnormality.”
Vanguard Metro learnt that Favour’s parents have expended all their life earnings including selling their personal belongings in a bid to save the life of the frail looking baby. The condition of Favour has become a source of endless wailings for the unemployed Maureen. Speaking to Vanguard Metro in tears, Maureen appealed to well meaning Nigerians, governments and corporate organisations to come to the family’s aid to enable the 11-month old Favour live.
Meanwhile, an account has been opened with First Bank for any assistance to save Favour’s life. Account name: Falemara Oluwaseyi Favour, Account No: 3078488127. Mrs. Maureen Falemara could be reached on 08033624008