He was born normal and handsome, like every other child. But two years after his birth, his family has been plunged into pains and difficulty with an unknown growth on the left side of his face, causing facial deformation. It is 10 years now.
Azeez Adeleye is a 12 year- primary four student of St. Thomas Aquinas Nursery/Primary School, Epe, and second child of the family of Mr and Mrs. Jimoh Adeleye, both indegenes of Epe council in Lagos State.
According to Azeez’s mother, Mrs. Adeleye, “the sickness started like a small boil at the right part of his chin while he was barely 2 years old, but as he grew, the growth became bigger. ” This however spurred the parents in March 2000 to take him to the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, and in February 2002, he was transferred to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu.
As all efforts proved abortive, Azeez was referred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan from February 2002 to November 2005, also without success. However, during this time, Azeez’s parents exhausted all they had by paying charges and bills emanating from various tests conducted, and in transportation. The parents later resigned to fate.
In 2006, Azeez’s abnormal facial deformation resulted in pains and vomiting of blood which affected his education. Since then, eating has become difficult for him as he only eats with the left side of his mouth after opening it wide.
He was then rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba on the 4th of June, 2010 where the ailment was finally detected as Neurofibroma by the Department of Oral Maxillofacial, according to Prof. G. T. Arotiba’s report, the hospital’s consultant Oral & Max. surgery.Azeez’s fate took another turn when the estimated cost of his surgery, with admissiom for 2 weeks, operation fee, drugs, feeding, heamatology tests, blood chemistry tests, and miscelleanous at N300,000. But the mother, Mrs. Iyabo Adeleye, laments. “I am a petty trader and his(Azeez) father is a farmer.
We have spents over N300,000, sold our properties on his ailments. We cannot even afford his N3,000 school fees anymore.” She then resolved into begging for alms in buses as she takes Azeez along with her so that Nigerian sympathisers could help in saving Azeez’s health so that he can continue with his education. She described her son as an intelligent boy who loves playing football.
She has appealed Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola and has written to the Lagos State Commissioner of Health. That was in July. She was asked to come with the hospital bills. She also asked other well meaning Nigerians to help Azeez in their little ways by calling these phone numbers 07053133454 or 07087727561, or pay into Azeez’s First Bank account number 2853160000417; Account name: Adeleye Azeez A.