Lagos – Mrs Funke Oladeji, the beneficiary of the first kidney transplant at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), on Sunday organised a thanksgiving service to mark the first anniversary of the feat.
The surgery, which lasted for five hours, was done on July 26, 2011.
Thirty-nine-year-old Oladejiwas diagnosed of kidney failure in November, 2009, and was on dialysis in the hospital for almost two years before the transplant.
In an emotion-laden voice, Oladeji narrated how she was the only survivor among patients on dialysis in LUTH during the period.
She could not talk much before she broke down in tears and was taken out of the podium.
Earlier, she had told journalists that the government should assist patients with kidney problems financially because of the high cost of treatment.
She noted that even after a kidney transplant, such patients still spent much money on drugs.
“We require N186,000 every month for the procurement of drugs.
“One of the drugs costs N40,000 for 50 capsules, and I take them three capsules in the morning and three in the evening; they last for eight days.
“When I was on dialysis, we spent N40,000 every three days for dialysis; how can some families afford such money?” she asked.
Oladeji urged the public to treat patients with kidney problems with love, and advised the patients to trust God that they would be healed.
“I am very grateful to God and to the doctors for all their efforts, and also to my husband for donating his kidney,” she said.
Funke and her husband, Wunmi, who donated the kidney, are in good health. (NAN)