By Gabriel Olawale
A 200-level student from the Department of Food Science Technology, University of Owerri, Odoh Uchenna Barthlowme, may not realise his dream of graduating and living a healthy life except help comes urgently.
Odoh, diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Disease, has been confined to his sick bed at St Nicholas Hospital, Lagos for some time. His face, legs and stomach are swollen.
Speaking on his precarment, his brother, Ikechukwu Odoh, said recently the ailing Bathlowme had to undergo a procedure where two litres of water was removed from his heart.
“Before the procedure, he couldn’t breathe normally because the water enclosed his heart and made it difficult to function properly. The procedure cost us a lot aside the pain he had to go through. His wish is to live, complete his education and make a positive impact on this earth.
“As urgently requested by St. Nicholas Hospital, a first degree relative kidney donor is available, but our family cannot afford N10.5 million needed for the entire process. He has been going for three sessions of dialysis weekly since May 2018. The average cost of a session is N50,000. This amount to at least N600,000 per month.
“We are pleading for your kind and generous donations towards saving my brother’s life. As you contribute towards this process, may God bless you and protect you and every member of your family from this kind of ailment,” he appealed.
A medical report signed by Clinical Director, Dr. E.L. Bamigboye, revealed that the patient was suffering from End Stage Kidney Failure likely secondary to hypertensive nephrosclerosis.
“He has been counselled on long term management options and advised that kidney transplantation confers the best possible quality of life and considerable cost savings when compared to other options.
“The cost of Renal Re-Transplant in this center presently requires a deposit of N8.5 million. This covers the cost of all pro-transplant investigations in recipient and one donor. Following the transplant, the recipient would need to remain on regular immunosuppressives to prevent rejection of the graft. The average cost of this in the first year would total an average of N2 million.”
If you are touched by Barthlowme’s predicament, kindly send your donation to Odoh Uchenna Barthlowme, GT Bank, 0424084810 or contact 07032437730 or 08162010615