Three Non-Governmental Organisations, Project Alert on Violence against Women, Centre for Organizational Development, COD, Nigeria, and Zahara Women Foundation, have launched an appeal fund to save the life of a housewife, Mrs Mercy Nnadi, who suffered third degree burns when her husband, Henry Nnadi burnt her with hot iron for allegedly sleeping with his 65-year- old father.
In a joint statement signed by Josephine Effah-Chukwuma (Executive Director, Project Alert); Nkiru Okoro (Executive Director, COD); and Rosemary Mukoro (Zahara Women), the groups said Mercy is still in excruciating pains as a result of the intensity of burns she sustained which have done extensive damage to her body and that “she urgently needs financial assistance to help her get specialized medical treatment like skin graft surgery”.
According to the statement, “a burns Surgeon has been identified, and mercy would soon be moved to a private clinic is consults for”.
The groups said “Mercy requires the burns to be monitored closely, for them to heal well, and thereafter, skin grafting, particularly in her breast and chest region which seemed to have defied all manner of treatment. Her thigh, from where skin should be gotten for grafting, is also burnt and needs healing.
The road to recovery for the victim is a long and very difficult one which requires extensive medical and emotional care. She needs our financial support and prayers to help her go through the difficult times ahead. To help meet the victim’s medical expenses, an account has been set up for her and we are appealing to well meaning Nigerians and organizations to support the victim with whatever they can, as no amount is too small”..