27-year-old undergraduate needs N10m to stay alive
A final year student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyundoyin Comfort Pelumi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, needs N10million to be flown to India for treatment.
The 27-year-old has been ill since 2018 after she was diagnosed with cancer of the spinal cord at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The patient’s mother, Mrs. Grace Oyundoyin, receiving a team of Lifesupport Network at her home, who came to visit her ailing daughter and source funds to cater for her medical bill, said they raised just two million, one hundred and forty-six thousand Naira out of the whole amount.
She urged Nigerians to save her daughter by donating to a bank account opened for her foreign medical trip to India. Account name: Oyundoyin Grace. Account number: 0500627052. Guarantee Trust Bank.
Mrs. Oyundoyin said: “The problem started when she was about to get to 500 level. She complained of chest and back pains. The pains affected one of her legs before it spread to all parts of her body. We thought it was ulcer, but the pains got to a stage where she couldn’t work or do anything again.”
“She was referred to a private hospital in Oshogbo. When there was no solution, we were asked to take her to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife. It was there we discovered that the ailment was cancer, and we were referred to University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.”
“The result of the test carried out on her at OAUTH was sent to India. They said the ailment could be cured if we could source N5million for her medical bill. But we couldn’t raise the money. So, we decided to use drugs as an alternative, yet, no changes.
“My husband is a farmer. I’m a local government worker. Our family and relatives ignored us when the problem started. We have spent over N5million on the illness. I struggled a lot while raising her and her siblings.”
The 56-year-old mother of the patient noted that her daughter’s medical bill was said to have been N5million as at 2018, but the money has now increased to N10million because the tumour has spread across her daughter’s body.
The Chief Executive Officer of Lifesupport Network, Ifeoluwa Albert, noted that the purpose of the visit was to check the well-being of the patient, support her and preach hope for her parents.
She said her NGO has been making effort to reach out to donors and volunteers, so as to assist the patient to get medical attention abroad.
Source: The Nation