BY BENJAMIN NJOKU
For Mrs. Blessing Olayemi, a Personal Assistant to the proprietor, Golden Triangle College, Alagbado, Lagos, her dream is to enjoy a lasting marriage life and together with her husband give their three children a hope for tomorrow.
But as it stands now, this dream of hers may become a mirage as her husband, Mr. Olaniyan Olayemi is in the verge of being snatched away from her by death.
The 42 year-old barber, who resides around Alagbado area of Lagos with his family of two children, has been diagnosed of suffering from congestive cardiac failure. And there is every tendency that he will lose the battle if nothing is done urgently to save him.
Currently, Olayemi is in a critical condition, and his doctors at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital(LASUTH), Ikeja, say the only solution to his condition is to fly him to India for further treatment.
In a letter made available to Saturday Vanguard, and signed on behalf of the Consultant Physician/Cardiologist, Dr. F.A Daniel, by Dr. A.A Akinnbo, Olayemi needs the sum of N5 million to stay alive.
According to the letter, “the 42 year old man was admitted at this hospital on the 30th of August, 2011 on account of two months’ history of progressive breathlessness, leg and abdominal swelling, associated history of orthopnea as well as paroxysmal noccurnal dyspnea. Also, he had cough productive of whitish sputum, frothy and non blood stain. He has no chest pain, no facial swelling or reduction in urinary output.”
“Cardiovascular examination reveals pulse rate of 134 beat per minutes regular with small volume, blood pressure was 100/70 mmHg supine. Chest finding reveals basal crepitations. Abdomen was grossly distended with ascities demonstrated by shifting dullness with hepatomegaly of 10cm below the coastal margin.”
“Diagnosis was congestive cardaic failure secondary to mixed valvular heart disease. Treatment given includes, frusemide, tablet dignoxin, tablet aldactone, tablet lisinopril, Sc herparin and tablet.”
“Patient shows no appreciable clinical improvement while on admission, the complexity of the disease makes it necessary for him to have surgery done abroad, hence needs financial assistance.”
Meanwhile, narrating how her husband’s ordeal started to Saturday Vanguard, during a visit to the organisation’s corporate office, in Apapa, Lagos, on Wednesday, Blessing said Olaniyan’s sickness started way back in 2008, when he had typhoid fever.
“We rushed to the hospital, and he was treated. But just last year, the sickness surfaced again. This time around, he was experiencing ceaseless breathe. Later, he took him to the General hospital, Ilakpo, along Abeokuta Expressway.
At the hospital, he was diagnosed of suffering from High Blood Pressure, which he was going for regular check-up. But towards the end of last year, the sickness persisted, resulting in our moving him to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital(LASUTH), Ikeja, where he has been diagnosed of suffering from congestive cardiac failure.” she narrated.
Blessing said her husband of 15 years has been on admission since August 30. “He is going through pains and needs urgent solution to save him from dying.
“I need good-spirited Nigerians to help save my husband from dying. I cannot cater for the welfare of our two children all alone without him. Before his condition changed, he was virtually not doing anything. His barbing saloon business stopped.
It was from my meagre salary that I was taking for our family. I don’t want him to die. I’m begging Nigerians and all people of goodwill to help me. His doctor, Folashade Daniel advised before he proceeded on vacation that we should take him to India for further treatment. He certified that he is a bit stable to travel abroad now.”
According to her, their two children have dropped out from school, except the eldest son, whom she said she has changed from attending private to public school.
“He stomach, cheeks and legs are swollen as a result of the sickness. If I can’t raise the required amount of money for the transplanting, it means that my husband will die. And I don’t want him to die,” she added.
The situation is getting very desperate. His only chance is to go to India but it’s about trying to get the money in time to get him there.
“Well meaning Nigerians can put their help in our account No 1503237536, Intercontinental Bank Plc, Olaniyan Olayemi. God will reward anybody that comes to our help. He never forsake them.”