By Braide Damiete
Thirty-two-year-old Ozioke Victor Olisaemeka’s ailment started 16 years ago, after the death of his mother when he was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
When Daily Sun visited his senior sister’s house in Lagos, he walked slowly to open the gate for the reporter to come in. With swollen legs and counting his words, he recounted his ordeal.
He said: “I am from Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State. It was when my mother died 16 years ago that I began to experience certain discomfort in my body. I was in junior secondary school 3 in a seminary school when it was discovered that I had diabetes. My father died last year and things became really difficult for me. Since then, I have been on insulin.
“Before my father died, I went to the hospital in Nsukka to take three doses of injections for my eyes. Because the injections were expensives, I could only take one dose because there was no money and it also contributed to the worsening condition of my eyes.
“I managed to complete my secondary education and gained admission to study marketing at University of Nigeria, Nsikka, Enugu campus. By God’s grace, I graduated in 2017 and completed my National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
“In 2020, I began to experience changes in my body and it was discovered that I had kidney problem, high blood pressure and poor eye sight at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Teaching Hospital.
I later moved to Lagos to stay with my elder sister and her husband.
“I later got a job to teach in a private school where I was paid a meagre salary. I had to stop teaching because my sight got so bad that I could not see with my left eye. I have difficulty in reading books or my Bible.
“In February this year, I was sick and taken to the hospital and was on admission where my sister and her husband paid N300,000 for my treatment. Since then, I go for regular check up at the hospital.
“In this July, I was placed on dialysis twice a week and each session costs over N100,000. I also take medications to take care of myself.
I will say that it has not been easy for me because if not for my elder sister and her husband that have been taking care of the medical bills, I don’t know how I would have taken care of the bills.
“Last Monday, I went for dialysis while on Tuesday, I went to LASUTH for my eye tests and care and on Thursday, I go for another dialysis.
My elder sister and her husband have sold most of their properties to treat me but at this point, we need to call on well meaning Nigerians, non governmental organisations to come to my aid.
“Now, it is urgent to do a kidney transplant at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the cost implication for the surgery and post operation medication is put at N20 million.”
Ozioke lamented that they have been trying to raise the money despite the weekly dialysis maintenance.
Ozioke is pleading to the public to save him from dying and to live a normal life and fulfil his dream on earth.
Donations can be sent to: 0773446041, Ozioke Victor Olisaemeka, Access Bank. He can be reached on 07066093979.
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