September 25, 2022


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PhD student battling kidney disease begs for help

A PhD student with the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr Oluwaseun Adegbola, has cried out to Nigerians for help to save him from kidney failure.

Adegbola in a letter to City Round, titled “Letter soliciting support for kidney transplant,” noted that he was diagnosed with developed chronic kidney disease in 2020, adding that he had been battling the illness since then.

The father of three who was initially managed by the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, was later transferred to the Zenith Medical and Kidney Centre, Abuja, where a possible transplant will take place.

Speaking to his wife, Titilope, who fought back tears as she spoke, said things had been difficult for them following her husband’s condition.

Her husband, who was a lesson teacher and part-time lecturer, was forced to quit his job to fight for life.

She said, “He was in the final year of his PhD programme. It was because of the ASUU strike, he was supposed to have defended this project. He was doing some home lessons for IJMB students and he used to lecture part-time which he has not been able to do again.

“Things have not been easy. It was like a shock for us when they told us that he would need a transplant. I almost fainted. My husband was healthy and didn’t live a rancorous lifestyle.

“The one which broke the family was when we were told that we would need over N15m for the surgery. ‘Where will I get such money?’ I shouted,” she said.

On how the family has been coping with the bill, Titilope said Nigerians had donated to the tune of N9.12m, which has been used as deposit for the procedure.

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From the medical report from Zenith Medical and Kidney Care, Abuja, sighted by our correspondent, Agegbola, a 37-year-old man, was transferred to them on June 8, 2022.

The report, which was signed by Dr Wuyahku I.P. on behalf of the Consultant Nephrologist, indicated that “he is being managed as a case of chronic kidney disease secondary to chronic glomerulonephritis.

“On the account of the above, he has been placed on hemodialysis and is currently on a three-time-per-week schedule.

“The definitive treatment is a kidney transplant which involves taking a graft kidney from a compatible donor and placing it in him,” part of the report read.

In an attached cost report sent by the hospital, over N15m is required for the procedure.

Speaking further, Titilope said, “I don’t want to lose my husband. We have three kids. What will happen to them if he dies? The first one is only 10 years old. It has not been easy for the family.

“We have been paying from the money people have been donating but it has not been easy but the lord has been faithful.

“The medications are expensive. The check-up alone is about N5.3m. Most of the drugs are foreign.’’