Man, 40, seeks N1m to treat spinal cord injury
A40-year-old spinal cord injury patient, Umar Usman, has appealed to individuals and groups to assist him with N1.1m to enable him seek proper medical attention. Usman, a native of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State residing at Old Kutunku in Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, said the injury had persisted for 16 years, with nobody to support him for treatment.
According to him, he sustained the injury when a building collapsed on him at Wukari in Taraba State. Usman, who said he was taken to various hospitals after the incident, told Daily Trust that he was first taken to the General Hospital in Wukari and later referred to the Orthopedic Hospital in Kano from where he was again referred to the Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and the Katsina General Hospital, but was unable to raise funds for his treatment.
He said medical personnel at the Katsina General Hospital later referred him to SpineCare Hospital Gwagwalada in the FCT.
“It was at SpineCare Hospital that doctors after examining me said they required N1,100,000 to enable them commence treatment, but since then I’ve not been able to raise the money and nobody has assisted me,” he said.
He said he had made several efforts to reach people through radio stations but there had been no assistance so far. Usman said the health challenge had prevented him from getting married, adding that it takes two weeks before he is able to pass feaces.
“Even when I want to urinate, it also takes me a long time, and blood comes out,” he added.
He therefore appealed to individuals, cooperate organizations and philanthropists to come to his aid to enable him undergo the spinal cord treatment. Usman gave a Keystone Bank account number 6012603268 with Umar Usman as account name.