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Abdullateef family commends Shittu, MTN Foundation over N10m heart surgery

The Abdullateef Family of Agoro Ogunmola Compound in Kishi, Oyo State has commended the efforts of the Communications Minister, Barr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu and MTN Foundation over the successful treatment of  their baby girl, Mutmainat Abdullateef who had a whole in her heart  in an Indian hospital, reports ITRealms.

MTN Foundation was singled out for footing the $21,566 (NI0.6 million) surgery bill  to correct Mutmainat’s congenital heart condition at  Apollo Hospital, India, while the family acknowledged and appreciated the minister for the reference to assist the family.

In a letter informing the minister of the successful treatment of Mutmainat, the Foundation said,  ”we are pleased to inform you that following successful surgery and recuperation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Apollo Hospital, India, baby Mutmainat Abdullateef, who your office referred with congenital heart condition, has returned to Nigeria.”

The Special Assistant (Media) to the minister, Victor Oluwadamilare said despite the higher risk of performing the surgery (between 10 and 20 percent chance of surviving), the Foundation informed the minister of its ability to “save a life and contribute to the process of restoring the health of baby Mutmainat”.

Mutmainat’s father, Abubkar Abdullateef in an appreciation letter had commended the MTN Foundation for the timely intervention in the treatment of the girl.

“Sponsoring of such a very expensive surgical operation by MTN Foundation at this time of recession in the country, is an indication that the company is indeed out to assist the less privileged in the country”, he said.

Sometimes last year, the Abdullateef Family of Agoro Ogunmola Compound in Kishi, Oyo State in an hapless situation of inability to foot the medical bill of their daughter had approached Barr. Shittu for intervention.


The minister, then used his good offices to refer the family to the MTN Foundation and recommended assistance, to which the Foundation acceded and eventually foot the bill for travel, treatment and logistics for the patient and her mother in India.

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