By Emmanuel Elebeke
When Juliana Chibuogu Ikechukwu’s legs started swelling about eight years ago, little did the family know that her two kidneys had failed. She went on treating malaria and typhoid fever after tests failed to identify the exact cause of the ailment. Then the situation worsened.
The family remained in a dilemma until she was taken to Ntiku General Hospital, Enugu, where she was diagnosed of kidney failure. From Ntiku, she was referred to Annunciation Hospital, also in Enugu, for blood transfusion. But the effort could not save the situation.
Juliana, 35, with three kids, was further referred to Life Support Medical Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, where she has been, for the past six months, spending N140,000 for two dialysis a week.
Today, the husband, Mr. Goodluck Ikechukwu, says he has spent his last kobo battling to save Juliana’s life, and is no longer sure she can see tomorrow.
Narrating the story, Mr. Ikechukwu, said: “Juliana has been sick for the past two years until she was found to have lost her two kidneys about eight months ago. I just came back from work one day and she told me that her legs were swelling up. When I saw it, I ignored it, thinking that it is one of those sickness until after about a week, when the legs continued to increase in size and we went to hospital for tests.”
“After they conducted the tests, they found nothing at Ntasi Obi General Hospital, before they referred us to Ntiku General hospital where they discovered that her two kidneys were having problem. From Ntiku, we were moved to Annunciation Hospital, also in Enugu.
There, about three pints of blood were transfused into her, but, after some weeks, the situation grew from bad to worse. We have received some support from friends and relatives. At the beginning, everyone was showing concern until it was discovered to be kidney problem.”
Ikechukwu, a former staff of MTN, said he had since lost his job because of the wife’s sickness.
The family is seeking public support to raise N6.5 million to fly the victim to India for kidney transplant so that she can live.
Juliana hails from Oru local government area of Imo State. Until her ordeal started, Juliana was working at a private firm as office assistant. When Sunday Vanguard visited her on her sick bed, she pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians to help her out of her predicament. If you are moved by the victim’s plight, kindly call the following number for clarification and further inquiries, 08038754125.