By Chioma Obinna
It is no longer news that two Nigerian children with Down SyndromeÂ who were away for weeks, returned from Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bangalore, India, hale and hearty after a successful life -saving surgery. But yet another history was made when one of the children with heart problem was diagnosed to had been healed miraculously.
She is Baby Ajoke, one of the four babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome and a hole in the heartÂ reported by Good Health Weekly a few months ago. The baby who lost her mother few hours after she was born is in the news again. This time, it is for good.
Ajoke who is now a year old, was said to have traveled to India with another baby, Eziekel, for a corrective surgery but getting there, it was discovered that her heart had healed without medical assistance.
Astonished, she insisted for testsÂ by the doctors in charge of Ajokeâ€™s case, before accepting the conclusion that the hole clearly seen here in Nigeria had been miraculously healed.
It could be recalled that three months ago, the Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria (DSAN) spearheaded a fund raising campaign on behalf of the families of babies Ajoke and Ezekiel who left for India two weeks ago.
Following the miraculous healing, Ajoke who previously could not walk, sit, crawl or play like any other babyÂ is now more active compared to her peers.
Giving her testimony to Good Health Weekly during a ceremony for the departure of two other babies – Etim Gabriel and Felicia Oyiloye to India for another corrective heart surgery, Ajokeâ€™s Aunt Mrs Rachel Alile described the miraculous healing of the baby describedÂ as unimaginable.
â€œI never believed there is something like medical miracle but today I can feel it and touch it. I am so happy not only because she was healed but because my late sister (Ajokeâ€™s mother) will be glad wherever she may be now.â€
Rachael who hinted that she never believed the news of the healing at first, said she was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the hole had healed when she (Rachael) insisted that the doctors checked properly.
Her knew no bounds as she joyfully announced that Ajoke who could not stand nor sit by herself before was able to clap her hands for the first time on the return journey. â€œShe is more active than you can imagine and on daily basis clap for Jesus. While she was going through this trying period, I sent so many prayer request to the Church. It is God that healed her because when we were coming back, it was there and then she started clapping.Â I am grateful for everybody that contributed to her course.â€
Commenting on the miraculous healing, President of DSAN, Mrs. Rose Mordi, said neither her nor the doctors could explain how it happened but that it was an answer to prayers. â€œI tell you, it is a miracle. When we got the news that Baby Ajoke will not have to go through surgery because the hole in her heart is beginning to heal itself, we were elated. It came as a surprise because miracles like this do not happen everyday.
At the press briefing to announce the awareness week of association in Lagos, the DSAN Media and Publicity Coordinator, Mr. Ahaoma Kanu, who expressed joy that baby Ajoke surgery was successful also announced the departure of the two other babies – Etim Gabriel and Felicia Oyinloye – to in India for corrective surgery.
Ahaoma who appealed to Nigerians to support and sponsor some of these children who are prone to different life threatening diseases due to their conditions disclosed that the Lagos State government has been supportive to the Association.
He said the traveling documents of the children as well as their treatment were made possible courtesy of First Bank Plc, MTN Nigeria, religious houses and individuals who donated generously towards their surgeries.