Man, 40, seeks N1m to treat spinal cord in­jury

Weekly Trust - - News - Abubakar Sadiq Isah

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.

Umar Us­man

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