By Chioma Obinna
The birth of Arthur Moffat on 10th, November 2015 was met with fanfare, but the joy was short-lived when he was diagnosed with a congenital health problem.
Arthur is down with a hole- in –the- heart. According to the medical experts at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OSUTH, Sagamu, Arthur was diagnosed with acyanotic congenital heart defect at the age of five months.
A medical report from the hospital signed by Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Prof. A. O Olowu, cited an echocardiographic study done when he was15 months showed that he has perimembranous VSD with pulmonary stenosis. Since the diagnosis, Arthur has been managed medically with anti-failure medications.
Sadly, according to Olowu, his condition has also been complicated by failure to thrive despite optimal medical management, hence he required urgent surgical repair of the defect.
Narrating the family’s ordeal, Arthur’s mother, Mrs Victoria Moffat, told Vanguard that after his birth, Arthur was not looking healthy and his growth has remained stunted and characterised with very fast breathing especially at night.
Worried by the signsthey took him to several hospitals with several tests carried out on him.
“In April he was rushed to the hospital and was admitted with several drips after he was discharged, we went for a checkup, it was then the doctor noticed the strange way he was breathing and referred us to OSUTH, Sagamu.
In OSUTH, the doctors there made a further diagnosis and discovered he has a hole in the heart and that the heart has been infected.
“We did the heart scan twice with results that the hole is big and he has other heart defect connected to the pulmonary arteries. We were referred to Ibadan for further investigation. It was confirmed he was suffering from arterioles sclerosis.”
She said they were advised by the medical doctors to take him abroad for immediate and better treatment as his condition is getting worse.
Victoria, however, lamented that an estimate of the cost of medical treatment given to them by an Indian hospital was so high that their financial income cannot afford the expenses for the urgent surgery.
“Our only source of help is from well-meaning Nigerians, corporate organisations and non-governmental organizations to save Arthur s life. I pray that the God Almighty will continue to strengthen them.
At the Maniple Hospital in India where Arthur’s heart scan report was examined and it was estimated that the surgery will cost of US$10,000 aside from other expenses like accommodation and feeding.
Appealing to Nigerians to come for aid, Victoria has since stopped working as a teacher in order to take care of sick Arthur as his condition is fragile. She said the N300, 000 realised from good spirited Nigerians have been used for medications and other medical emergencies.
If you are touched, please contact Arthur’s parents on 08062423845 or send your donations to Victoria Moffat, Zenith Bank 2117844791.