Peo­ple told me to throw my child away

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi & Ojoma Akor

Amother of two, Mrs Edith Onyekachi, has said she was told to throw away her ail­ing three­year-old son be­cause he was born with a hole in his heart.

The un­em­ployed woman from Enugu State said the child, Onyekachi Vic­tor, was di­ag­nosed at the Na­tional Hospital af­ter she no­ticed that he breaths very fast and that his growth was re­tarded when he was about one year old.

She said due to the ail­ment, “a baby of one year and three months was big­ger than him.”

She also said that the child only started walk­ing in Fe­bru­ary when he was about three years old.

The child, she added, could not be en­rolled in school while she could not pick up a job as a teacher be­cause he needed con­stant care and sup­port.

“My hus­band re­pairs ra­dio and tele­vi­sion sets and we spend more than N10,000 on drugs a month,” she said.

The sit­u­a­tion, she said, had com­pelled her into beg­ging for alms to take care of the child who is ad­mit­ted at the Na­tional Hospital al­most every month.

“So peo­ple said I should throw him away and stop ask­ing for help. We are suf­fer­ing, we don’t have any­thing and I love him so much,” she said.

A med­i­cal re­port signed by a chief con­sul­tant pe­di­a­tri­cian at the Na­tional Hospital Abuja, Dr. I.B Ba­baniyi, says the boy was pre­sented at the Na­tional Hospital when he was 13 months with com­plaints of fast breath­ing, fever, loose stool and vom­it­ing of 11 days.

“He will need a de­fin­i­tive sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion in two stages,” Dr. Ba­baniyi said in the re­port putting the to­tal money re­quired at over N4 mil­lion.

The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Hospital, Dr. Tayo Haas­trup, con­firmed the au­then­tic­ity of the med­i­cal re­port de­tail­ing the na­ture of the ail­ment and money re­quired for the med­i­cal treat­ment abroad.

The baby with a hole in his heart with his mother

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.