Save Ejiro: Help Raise N4m For His Hip Joint Surgery
EJIRO Diachevbe, 22-year old, 300 level Economics and Statistics student of UNIBEN is suffering from Avascular Necrosis of the right hip joint.
According to him, he felt a sharp pain in his hip over a year ago. When he approached the health services Department of UNIBEN, he was treated, but the pains returned few days later. Upon his second visit, he was referred to the Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology of UNIBEN Teaching Hospital. The consultant in charge of his case, Dr. A.O Ogbemudia suggested an x-ray to be carried out and that was done. The result read in part:
“There is some deformity with flattening of the right capital femoral epiphysis associated with partial fragmentation. The iliac, pubic and ischial bones are intact. Findings are in keeping with avascular necrosis of the right femoral capital epiphysis.”
Ejioro, said, “when I took the x-ray report to the consultant at UBTH, he said I have avasular necrosis and required surgery to correct. He said, the surgery would cost N4 million. I went online and discovered that the disease has to do with compromise of blood flow to the hip joint and can be caused by abuse of drug and alcohol.
“The only drug I take without doctor’s prescription is anti-malaria drug, which everyone takes. I am a Christian and have never taken alcohol, I am still wondering how I got this disease and prays to God to rescue me,” he said in emotion-laden voice.
His words: “For the past five months, every Thursday I go for checkups at the Outpatient Clinic of UBTH and each time I go for checkup, it is either I am told to undergo one x-ray or the other. Each x-ray and laboratory test cost N15,000, apart from the drugs. My condition has drained my parents’ savings. “
Currently, Ejiro is at the point of deferring his admission at the university. He revealed that the condition has made him miss classes since the beginning of the semester and won’t be able to write the second semester examination scheduled to begin this week Friday.
“As it is customary, students referred from UNIBEN health centre to UBTH are usually given credit facility card, but the university denied me the opportunity because they said the surgery is beyond what UNIBEN can finance. I have taken my appeal to NGOs and other civil organisation groups, but nothing much has come out from it. I am about to defer the admission so I can source fund to undergo the surgery and return to school. My course mates have really been helpful. They come here to cook for me and do other domestic chores. I find it hard to go downstairs to get water. So, when students are in the early hours of the day rushing to take their bath, I wait for them to finish and go to class before I use the bathroom,” he said.
Please let’s help Ejiro bounce back to his feet. Donations for Ejiro’s surgery can be sent to: Zenith Bank Account No: 2008495932; Account Name: Ejiro Diachavbe; Phone no: 08172588742.