By Sola Ogundipe
Life has not been rosy for 10-year-old Oghenerukevwe Erekawa. Born with a serious heart complication, the young boy has not lived an appreciable quality of life.
Following series of tests, a medical report from the paediatric department of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH, Oghara, Delta State, confirmed the diagnosis of the medical health condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Artesia.
Consultant Paediatrician Dr. B. O. Okperi, who signed the report, noted that Oghenerukevwe requires urgent cardiac surgical intervention.
Ufuoma, the boy’s mother told Good Health Weekly that the family has been running from pillar to post ever since, taking the ailing youngster from one hospital to the other in the search for relief.
“From DELSUTH he was referred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, OAUTHC, Ile Ife, in Osun State, then to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, Ilorin from where he was referred back to OAUTHC.
“After all the tests and examinations including contrast computerised tomograpy, pulmonary angiography and echocardiography radiology investigations, we were told at the hospital in Ile Ife that he requires three separate surgeries to correct the heart deformity. Each surgery is estimated to cost N3 million, making it a total of N9 million.”
Ufuoma who is unemployed lamented that the family is currently broke from spending all it has on Oghenerukevwe’s condition.
The family is barely subsisting through kind-hearted Nigerians thatare enabling her to move around in search of succour for her son.
Appealling for help from Nigerians, Ufuoma said: “I am on my knees begging Nigerians to kindly help this poor boy so that he can survive. Please help me save him and only God can repay you,” she pleaded.
Benevolent persons have been assisting to help raise money for the family to seek the required medical assistance. If you are moved to assist, kindly send your donations to Erekawa Ufuoma, Account No. First Bank 3125887215. or call 09060736157 for more details.