A father of 2, Mr Sunday Onuoha has cried out to Nigerians as his wife faces a worsening battle with kidney failure.
Onuoha, an indigene of Imezi-Owa, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, told journalists, weekend, in Enugu that the wife’s ailment had completely drained the family’s finances.
He said the wife, Ogechukwu, 35 years, formerly from Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, had been sick for over two years, but that things got worse in August 2022.
According to him, “we got married in 2017; she used to be sick but things got worse in 2022. That was when we discovered that she had kidney failure. Report of a diagnosis we did showed that the two kidneys were affected.”
Onuoha explained further that the hospital handling the wife’s ailment had given them the option of kidney transplant or thrice a week dialysis as a temporary measure.
“They said the only solution is kidney transplant, or dialysis, three times a week pending when we are ready for the transplant.
“They gave us an estimate for the dialysis. The cost is N16.1 million, additong to other expenses involved. But as it stands now, even the money for the dialysis and for our feeding is a problem.
“We were at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, for over one month, which was in 2022, we had to go home because the bill was too much. We started going for dialysis from home. At the Caroline Medical Centre, Apo, Abuja, it was the same thing, the trip was sponsored by my uncle. So, everyone is exhausted financially right now.
“The dialysis, we are supposed to do it thrice a week, N40,000 each, which is N120,000, in addition to another injection that costs N10,000, totalling N150,000 per week.
“Because I cannot afford N150, 000 per week, she has been undergoing dialysis only once in a week. I have been paying N50,000 every week. But as it stands now, we have exhausted all we have, even friends and relations have all done their best. The once a week dialysis is no longer visible.
“Children’s school fees and other demands are also there. My first child is 5 years old, while the second one is 2 years old.”
The distressed father, who said he is an artisan, cried out to Nigerians and the government “to come to our aid; I’m totally confused and devastated.
“I don’t even know where the next meal will come from. I can’t run away and abandon my sick wife and kids.”
He gave his account details as follows: Onuoha Nduka Sunday; Account Numb: 6235677609; Fidelity Bank. Phone Number: 07030547879.
He added that anyone in doubt could make enquiries at the Caroline Medical Centre, Apo, FCT, Abuja, or the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane.