‘Stray cow lifted him off the ground with its horns…’
DANIEL Imo Emori is 32 years old. Like every young man of his age, he dreams of making a mark in life, but he has a major challenge. He is bed-ridden. Unlike everyone else who dreams of a brighter future and work towards realizing such, Daniel only dreams of one thing now, to be able to walk again.
His problem began 12 years ago when he decided to take up a menial job to enable him pay his admission fees into a tertiary institution for further studies. Determined not to let his poor family background stand in his way, Daniel who hails from Adadema Community in Abi Local Council of Cross Rivers State, began working as a delivery boy using a motorcycle provided by his employer. He supplied clients with household items in exchange for money.
On this fateful day, Daniel who had been accustomed to the hard routine of maneuvering heavy traffic around the Onitsha Head-bridge junction was not so lucky, as a stray cow hit him.
Hear him: “ After my secondary school education, I decided that I would further my studies by writing JAMB. So I decided to start work as a delivery boy in Onitsha. I was working for a company that supplies goods to customers. My employer gave me a motorbike after six months of training to do the job. I was also trained on how to drive a bike.”
“It was 12 years ago, precisely in October, I was going about delivering goods to customers. There was a big hold up and I was in a hurry to deliver products to our customers who were already waiting for me. So I decided to abandon the bike and take the goods to our customers just across the road. Immediately I just stepped down from the bike, I didn’t know that a cow was coming towards my direction.”
“As I stepped my feet on the ground, the next thing I saw was that I was in the air. The cow just cleared me off the ground with its horn, so I became unconscious. I only found myself in the General Hospital where I was treated and referred for special treatment.”
Through the generosity of Optimal Health Care Center International, Rev Asiedu and others, Daniel was administered specialized care in Wuse 2, center of the hospital in Abuja.
According to a medical advice written by the hospital and signed by its General Manager, Dan Udoji, Daniel’s case was complicated but redeemable through adequate professional care.
The medical report reads: “Daniel Imo is a 31- one-year-old man who presented in our facility on the 17th September, 2014 with a (10) ten years history of neck injury which resulted in the weakness of all four limbs; inability to sit down unsupported and inability to assume any functional position.”
“As part of our corporate social responsibility, Optima Health Center has offered him physical rehabilitation at a heavily discounted rate. Mr Daniel Imo Emori will need to raise the sum of N5,184,000.00 for treatment, feeding, transportation, and hotel cost. This is with a view to enable him obtain specialized management in India for plastic surgery, infection control for urethra and pressure sores, bilateral knee arthroplasty (complete knee replacement), and osteoporosis management.”
“Upon his return to Nigeria, he is expected to start intensive physical rehabilitation in order to enable him resume some functional status which requires long term therapy. During this proposed medical trip to India, it is advised that a registered physiotherapist at Optimal Healthcare Center Inter’l should accompany him to ensure that he is assisted in transit and also to avoid further complications,” Udoji said.
The money Daniel needs is not within the reach of his family. Hence he is appealing to kind-hearted Nigerians to symphatise with him and come to his rescue.
“ I am appealing to people to please come to my aid. Since the doctors say I have the hope of walking and using my hands again, I want to appeal to Nigerians to please pity me. My father and mother do not have the money. I want to also appeal to my state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to come to my rescue. God will reward you all for your mercy,” he sobbed.
Daniel Imo Emori’s GSM numbers are 08098929156 and 08086387108, while his Fidelity Bank Account number is 6160829205 and First Bank Account number is 3045515111.
He can also be visited in his lonely residence at Dutse, by Police signboard, along Bwari Road.