By Chioma Obinna
When Nkechi Aforbade 30, graduated from Auchi Polytechnic in 2010, her dream was to get a job to support her family but little did she know that the dream was never meant to be. Nkechi, a graduate of Office Technology and Management had submitted her applications to various establishments including the Nigerian Custom Service.
One year after graduation without a job, Nkechi decided to take up a teaching job which hardly paid her bills. But her determination to ensure a better life for herself and family continued to lead her on.
The light Nkechi thought that was at the end of the tunnel was more darkness. She was diagnosed of Kidney Cancer, a disease even the rich dread not only because it is a killer disease but because it leaves victims and families impoverished.
According to cancer experts treating Nkechi at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Nkechi needs urgent six courses of chemotherapy which she was supposed to have completed before June, 2015.
Unfortunately, out of the recommended six courses, Nkechi was only able to undergo two.
Due to nature of the illness, doctors have warned that if there is no urgent intervention, Nkechi’s treatment which is currently at the last stage may relapse. Nkechi needs N2 million to complete the chemotherapy as recommended by the oncologists.
In a medical report signed by a Consultant Radiation Oncologist from LUTH, Dr. Olatunji, Nkechi needs immunotherapy (Alpha interon day 1, 3 and 5 respectively) targeted therapy with IV and radiotherapy to Nephrectomy bed.
Olatunji said she is to take six cycles of IV Avastin 400mg at the cost of N458, 000, six cycles of IV Sca-Interferon also at the cost of N150, 000 and Radiotherapy for N100, 000.
Narrating her ordeal when she visited the corporate head office of Vanguard Newspapers, Nkechi, a mother of one, in an emotion laden voice said: “For years, I looked for a job, now, they have contacted me, I cannot even take up the job due to ill health.”
“It all began when a tumour was discovered in my kidney following a persistent stomach ache. I never knew it was the beginning of my agony. I was taken to a private hospital where I was operated on and was later referred to LUTH, where the tumour was removed and taken to the laboratory for further analysis. Unfortunately, the results showed the tumour was cancerous and since then, I have been placed on drugs,” she said.
Nkechi who has undergone a life –saving surgery at the Robostin Medical Centre, Lagos early this year, recounts that her initial treatments was paid through the money she raised from Churches, family members and friends.
Nkech who hails from Delta state is presently an applicant and her husband is only a worker in one of the branches of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM. Appealing to corporate organisations and well- meaning Nigerians, philanthropists to save her life, she said: “Please help me to see my little baby grow into adulthood.”
If you are touched by Nkechi’s plight please call 08036974375, or send your donations to Fidelity Bank account number; 6550859036, Nkechi Aforbade, or Zenith Bank, 2009386613, Egbo Nkechi.