6-year-old cancer-stricken needs N10m for surgery in India, seeks El-Rufai’s help
Do you still remember him? Yes! This is six-year-old Kaduna boy, Isah Mohammed, who started suffering from cancer since when he was just six months old. Godwin Ekosin writes
Six years ago when Mr. and Mrs. Mohammed Sadiq, gave birth to master Isah, it was a thing of joy for them and their well wishers.
But few months after Isah’s birth, a strange illness, which was said to be
cancer of the eye struck him, setting father and mother to be running from post to pole to look for solution but to no avail.
By the time our Correspondent spoke with Isah’s mother, Habiba, his father Mohammed was said to be away in Lagos, probably trying to get financial
support from well meaning Nigerians.
However, the Parents have appealed to Kaduna State Government and public-spirited Nigerians for financial aid to save the life of their child who needs N10 million for surgery in India.
Speaking at their Kaga Close residence, near Kabala West Abattoir, Kaduna South Local Government Area, mother of the child, Habiba recalled: “When he was six months old we discovered a kind of boil near his eye and the eye started turning red, and we took him to hospital for treatment.”
She added that they spent four years going to hospital for treatment after which “the hospital referred them to Ilorin Teaching Hospital, where the left eye was operated on and removed.”
She further explained: “It was when the eye was removed that we discovered that the boil continued to grow, and we still continued going to the hospital for treatment.
“The doctors told us that we have to pay money on monthly bases before they removed artificial eyes for another eye surgery, which would last for the
period of six months. We don’t have that kind of money. The total amount for the cancer surgery in India is N10 million.”
She said they were also referred to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching
Hospital, Shika, Zaria, where they were told that it is same medical work and same N10 million will be needed for the surgery in India.
“Since we don’t have such amount, we resorted to local medication for the
treatment. It was during this period that one Hassan Alhasan, who is a resident in our community, linked us up with the Rivers State-based Medical NGO called, Cedio Rural Outreach Ministry, on condition that we follow him to Rivers, which we obliged.”
The embattled mother continued: “We went to Rivers and after they examined our child they said they had never come across this type of chronic cancer.
“They gave us a letter of assistance addressed to Kaduna State governor for his intervention. We have submitted a letter to the governor’s office; though we don’t know if the governor has received the letter. We are passionately appealing to the governor to, please, intervene and save the life of our child.”
She said Isah, a nursery three pupil, has stopped going to school for over one year now, “when the cancer became worse, and he hardly sleeps at night: we will just embark on prayers till dawn.
“We are poor parents, we live in a rented house, my husband is an
electrician by profession.
“We are appealing to Kaduna State Government to intervene in saving the life of our child: we don’t have the N10 million needed for his treatment.”
A medical report noted that the right part of the child’s face had started
peeling and resulted in uncontrollable growth with ‘lobulated’ tissues, that is, cancerous, utmost discomfort and threat to his life.
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