By Gabriel Olawale
Since his birth four months ago, Oseluonamen Ogbeide Armstrong has not been being breathing properly, neither has he gained weight normally. Often, his lips, legs and tongue turn blue.
He is lying helplessly in a ward at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where he is breathing with the aid of oxygen.
His parents are traumalised by his predicarment and have cried out to the world for help. His mother Mrs Osato Ogbeide noted: “This is my first child, when I gave birth to him, he had issues with breathing, and was referred to the department of child health, UBTH where his breathing was aided with oxygen for two weeks. But at any attempt to remove the oxygen mask, he begins turning blue and gasps for breath.”
Osato said tests later confirmed that her son had a hole in the heart, “But the doctor advised us to wait for a repeat scan when he was four months old. We waited, did another scan and the outcome was the same.”
In a cry for help, she recalled that when the boy was three months, he weighed 5.3 kg but at four months has dropped to 5.1kg.
Calling on good hearted Nigerians for help, Oseluonamen’s father, Roland, noted: “All that I wish for is to see my child live a normal life. Doctors said for that to happen, he must undergo heart surgery which will cost N2 million.”
In letter signed by the Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, UBTH, Prof. Wilson Sadon, it was stated that Ogbeide Oseluonamen was diagnosed with Cyanotic Congenital heart disease.
The medic noted that Echocardiography done at the 3rd week of life confirmed diagnosis of Tetralogy of fallot with multiple tet spells.
“He was subsequently referred at the 12th day of life to our unit and has been on follow up till now. A repeat echocardiography done showed additional finding of atrial septal defect, hence the reviewed diagnosis of Pentalogy of fallot.”
If you are moved to assist, kindly send your contribution to Ogbeide Armstrong Oseluonamen, First Bank 3110351899 or call 08067612426 for further details.