By Efeunu Erezi & Precious John-Aziken
Since birth, seven months ago, little Great Innocent who was born without an anal orifice, has not been able to pass faeces normally neither has he been able to breathe conveniently.
Laying down helplessly at R Jolad Hospital in Gbagada, his breathing is only being aided through an oxygen cylinder.
His mother who is destabilised by the ordeal, is always by his side.
Recounting how it all began, the father, Solomon, stated: “Few days after he was born, at R Jolad hospital, it was discovered that the anus was not open, we were referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba. It was there that his tummy was opened up to enable him pass faeces.”
According to Solomon, Great ater began coughing seriously was referred to the cardiology department of the hospital where he was diagnosed with a hole in his heart.
“Since then, we have been going for treatment and when there was no improvement we were advised to seek medical help abroad.”
The worried couple have so far been running around to raise money to save the life of their child, “The total money is N6 million but we have been able to raise N1 million as a couple, we pleaded for the support of Nigerians and Cooperate organisation to save the life of our child.”
In a letter signed by the Consultant Paediatrician at the LUTH, Prof. C.A.N Okoromah, Great was described as having congenital heart disease confirmed by echocardiography.
“Great requires further cardiovascular evaluation and open heart surgery to correct his heart defects in order to forestall irreversible and life threatening complications,” the physician noted.
A separate letter signed by Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, LUTH, Dr. O.A. Elebute confirmed that Great presented with neonatal intestinal obstruction.
If you are moved to assist, kindly send your contribution to Solomon Innocent GT Bank 0173977982 or call 08169429816, 08035098986 for further details.