Journalist’s cry for assistance
The Nation’s Reporter needs money for heart transplant
FOR over a year, the Nasarawa State Correspondent of The Nation Newspaper, Mr. Jonny Yakubu Danjuma, has been critically ill at the Benue State University Teaching hospital, Makurdi.
Doctors say he is awaiting surgery for a heart transplant.
The Guardian gathered from the family members that when Danjuma’s heart suddenly packed off, his entire body became soaked with water while his brain no longer effectively responded to signals from other parts of the body, a development which the doctors recommend a heart transplant.
According to the victim’s wife, Angela, they have nothing on them but need some money for the drugs that would sustain her husband until when the surgical operation is carried out.
Narrating the ordeal to The Guardian, Angela said her husband has spent over a month on admission at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, after they spent several months at the National Hospital, Abuja and Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, Lafia in Nasarawa State but could not get any relief.
Danjuma is said to be surviving on the goodwill of concerned Nigerians.
Recently, the leadership of the Benue State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ (NUJ), led by its Chairman, Kris Atsaka, visited the victim on his hospital bed, where an undisclosed amount, though not enough, was donated to him for the purchase of some of the prescribed drugs.
However, seeing Dajuma in his hospital bed would reveal to you that the family needs more of such assistance from well-meaning individuals.
The Guardian gathered from the Benue State correspondent of The Nation Newspaper, Uja Emmanuel that the company’s Managing Director, had sent some money, which was paid to the hospital, which warranted the Reporter’s admission at the teaching hospital, where he is receiving treatment at present.
Uja, however, expressed worry at the anguish his colleague is passing through over a long period of time and pleads for assistance from philanthropic Nigerians.