Sends SOS to Gov. Okorocha, public spirited Nigerians
By Akoma Chinweoke & Yinka Ajaiyi
A 42-year- old petty trader, at Isolo market, Lagos, Mrs. Ifenyinwa Amakonze, from Eziani Mgbidi, Oru-west local government area of Imo State, is bed ridden due to chronic kidney disease. More pathetic is the fact that as an anti-hypertensives patient, she requires regular iron injections ahead of kidney transplant. She urgently needs over N12 million to undergo the transplant to save her from death,
In a chat with Sunday Vanguard, the once pretty woman, now a shadow of herself, confessed that she was going through hell
“ I am too weak, I can no longer breath well. Every night, I stay awake having being confined to a chair since I can’t lie down to sleep. This strange illness started in April 2005 and the situation grew worse between June and July last year. Since then, my health has grown from bad to worse. I am appealing to good spirited Nigerians to save my life.”
Ify, as she is fondly called, has been on haemodialysis three times every week to stay alive. The woman is desperately in need of financial help from kind-hearted individuals, organisations and government to enable her undergo a kidney transplant.
A Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Department of Medicine report said the patient was presented on August, 17, 2015 when she was admitted and first diagnosed to have chronic kidney disease, secondary to hypertension. The report went on: “She was subsequently discharged to the kidney clinic and has been on maintained haemodialysis which she needs to continue three times weekly. She is also on anti-hypertensives, iron injections and being worked up for kidney transplant, which is capital intensive. Please give all necessary assistance”.
The man who Ify has been married to since 1990 and blessed with five children, four girls and one boy, Mr. Augustine Amakonze said, “ This illness is like a nightmare to me. We observed she was emaciating last July. We went to Igando General Hospital, Lagos. From there, we went to Gbagada Hospital, then LUTH. She has done dialysis more than 25 times and each cost about N60,500 per week. Any week we can’t afford money for dialysis, she goes into coma. Each time, we spend hundreds of thousands of Naira to revive her. I am just a trader at Ladipo Market, Lagos and a member of the Lord’s Chosen Church . Members of my church have been helping me with money for drugs, but the doctor said her two kidney have been badly damaged and it will cost us a minimum of N12 million for the transplant in a reputable hospital in India.
“My wife is just 42 years old and I don’t want her to die. As I am presently, I cannot boast of N50 as a family man. All my life saving is gone on dialysis”.
According to him, Ify used to be a petty trader at Isolo Market, but for eight months now, her shop has been under locked key due to the illness. “My townsmen were able to help us with N70,000. I even went to see the local government chairman at Oru-West where we hail from, but I was told that there is no provision for free health care. The only help I want from kind hearted Nigerians is to assist my wife to leave a normal life again. I cannot afford money for drugs”.
Pleading with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo, his home state, and kind hearted Nigerians to come to his aid, the husband said: “Although we have been made to understand that, she can continue with a dialysis only to stay alive without having to live a normal life while the kidney problem remains unresolved but I want my wife to live a normal life again. I want her to look after our children and not to be a liability to us.”
Public spirited people can contact these phone numbers, 08034415454, 08032231608, to reach the Amakonze family or donate money through Augustine Amakonze, Zenith Bank Account Number 2002463320.