December 13, 2017 – Poor Dad Cries Out As Son Battling Rheumatic Heart Disease, Hole In Heart Needs N3.8M For Life-Saving Surgical Treatment In India
The only thing Precious Iyanu Akinyemi need to live is N3,830,000. Precious has a hole in the heart, otherwise called rheumatic heart disease with severe mitral valve regurgitation. This is coupled with Large PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), and Pulmonary Hypertension.
According to the father of 11-year-old Precious, Mr Bayo Akinyemi who is a driver, his child was admitted, last year, at the Paediatric Cardiology Unit of the prestigious Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba based on his not feeling too well, “on getting there he was subjected to different medical examinations, by the medical team. We did all the screenings and the final diagnosis revealed he has hole in the heart with hypertension. I and my wife, Bukola, who is an apprentice in clothe selling have gone ahead to empty our life savings on the diagnosis, and medications, with the hope that our son will get well, alas, we were told he needed to undergo more screenings, and later, we were told it’s not possible in LUTH.”
According to the consultant pediatrician, Prof Christy Okoromah Clinical evaluation of the child revealed that he has symptomatic Acquired Heart Disease, which was confirmed by echocardiography to consist of a severe miral regurgitation with moderate aortic regurgitation.
She said the child will require further cardiovascular evaluation, and possible open heart surgery to correct his heart defects in order to forestall irreversible, and life threatening complications. That can be done in India, which is the cheapest that can be found.
Not giving up on Precious, the parents rallied round, including getting passport for travelling down to India but that was a dream yet to be visible, as all they could raise since last year and now is barely N300, 000.
The parents contacted director and chief paediatric Cardiac surgeon at MIOT Hospitals, Chennai, India, Dr Robert Coelho who is ready to operate the child, for $10, 500. But the realisation of the money is yet to suffice.
Dr Coelho said he evaluated the child based on the provisional diagnosis done in Nigeria, and it is a case his hospital can handle, which must be quickly done for Precious not to degenerate, and his hospital will be responsible for the reception, immigration formalities and departure of the patient and attendants on conclusion of the medical treatment of the patient, once the money is ready.
Breakdown of the cost as given to Akinyemi by the Indian hospital is: Complete evaluation comprising of pre-operation investigations- X-ray, ECG, Echocardiography and pre-operation blood investigations (hematology, biochemistry, microbiology, and blood transfusion services cost $1000. Open heart Surgery (MV repair) package including surgery, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and hospital stay, medication, post-operation investigations will cost $6500. Supplementary expenses, including attendant’s stay $1000. Cost of annuloplasty ring plus Valve prosthesis equals $2000. All these total $10, 5000. Precious’ expected total duration of stay in the hospital is 12 to 14 days.
The parents appealed to Nigerians to assist the family bear their cross in ensuring their 11-year-old son survives this ordeal. Nigerians with milk of Altruism can pay into the boy’s account number: Precious Iyanu Akinyemi- Zenith Bank-A/c No: 2050675988.