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My husband needs N10m to survive,housewife cries out

Mr. Augustine Chibeze Chukwukelu, 42 ,who is suffering from chronic multiple kidney failure needs N10million to survive,so says his doctors. Doctors say urgent kidney transplant is needed if he must live a normal life again.

Making a passionate plea to Nigerians, his wife, Mrs. Vivian Chukwukelu, said her husband lives on borrowed time as he requires urgent kidney transplant ,the cost of which her family cannot afford.
According to her, they got married two years ago and had a year old son. Just when their young marriage was about to blossom, her husband was diagnosed of chronic kidney failure on August 16, 2014.

"His two kidneys are bad. His incessant vomiting, diarrhoea and tremour with very high body temperature was a challenge for us to manage. We were referred to start dialysis which we did and have continued to do up to date. But recently he started collapsing during the dialysis sessions and he loses consciousness for many hours. After all these the relieving effect hardly lasts two days before he starts swelling again on his face, stomach and waist down."

Dr. A. E. Nwansi of Platinum Dialysis Centre, Owerri, Imo State capital, where Augustine undergoes dialysis sessions, said that Augustine's kidney problem is very chronic. He said though he has been undergoing haemodialysis since September, 2014, the sessions are sometimes hampered by inadequate fund. He described the stage of his condition as "end stage renal disease" requiring only kidney transplant as solution. In his report about the case he recommended that Augustine will "benefit immensely from kidney transplant as he is still young with a promising future. "

Also in his report, Dr. E. I. Balogun of Madonna University Teaching Hospital, Elele, Rivers State where Augustine case is being managed said that Augustine is being managed "as a case of chronic kidney disease secondary to chronic glometulonephritis (end stage)." He recomnends treatment by a kidney transplant which he suggests will be better achieved outside the country.

To have the kidney transplant in an Indian hospital will cost about N10million.The cost includes cost of donor, surgery, drugs, airfare for the patient and others, accommodation for the duration of stay in India and other miscellaneous expenditure. Vivian says this amount is too much for them to afford and worst still they dont have a kidney donor.

Explaining Augustine's medical history, his cousin, Mrs. Kasie Abone, a Thisday columnist, said that Augustine suffered very serious health problems as a lad which affected his kidney.

 "Over the years the problem has gotten worse to this chronic stage when both kidneys have become very bad. His health condition has become a very big challenge and source of concern to the family.
Besides the pains he goes through during dialysis, the emotional and financial cost to the family is huge. That is why we are soliciting financial support from good Nigerians because the cost of achieving a successful kidney transplant is very exorbitant. Moreover, his condition worsens by the day. We fear if nothing urgent is done we may lose him.

Presently, Augustines condition is degenerating fast. His whole body including his private organ is swollen.

Vivian pleads to Nigerians "Please don't let my husband die. My baby is just a year old and too young to know his father. My marriage is only two years. I am too young to be a widow. Please help me" she cries.

If Augustine's condition touches you to help please contact his wife, Mrs. Vivian Chukwukelu on 08064140426 or his cousin Kasie Abone on 08057511558 and 08033188199. 

@Tony Okafor in Awka  +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)
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Pix: Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan

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