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Exclusive: Mother of three seeks help for son’s surgery

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Little Idris Habeeb is going to be three in August but he has been in and out of hospital admission since the last three years.

He was first diagnosed with pneumonia at about two months old and was treated but the ailment keeps recurring.

“He was diagnosed with a kind of pneumonia at two months old. At the fourth time of his admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), we did series of tests and adenotonsillar was discovered,” his mother, Raheem Mistura Abolade told Newdawn.

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Narrating the symptoms of the ailment, the troubled mother continued that, “The common physical symptoms include inability to breathe normally through his nose. He breathes through his mouth and it is terrible during rainy season when it is colder.”

According to her explanation, the passage the air passes from the lungs to the nose is badly affected and there is an obstruction that makes air passage difficult.

In a letter of appeal signed by a consultant surgeon, Dr. Adeyinka A.P., the little boy was diagnosed with obstructive adenotonsillar hypertrophy with sleep apena and was scheduled for adenotonsillectomy on 23rd October 2018 but the surgery was not done due to financial constraint.

“He would cry at nights when it becomes more difficult to breathe so the doctors said he has to be operated upon to correct the obstruction.

“I asked for the estimation and they said it would cost about N250,000. They explained everything to us, we rallied round for money but couldn’t meet up all through last year when he was booked for operation,” she sobbed.

Appreciating expertise of the medical team at LASUTH, she said the hospital really tried for her son but surgery is the only remedy according to the medial experts.

“They have admitted us four times and that pneumonia had subsided but it always recur especially when the cold is much, it gives him fast breathing when his chest is congested. This occurs more during rainy season and we have to wear him thick clothes like cardigan even at nights,” she narrated.

The parents who are low income earners are, however, soliciting for help from Nigerians to save their little son. “We lived on 54 Mojisola Street, off College Road in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State but due to accommodation issues we moved somewhere closer because of the school of his elder ones while we trust God for donations for the surgery,” the mother of the  three years old explained, adding that a chunk of family earnings go for hospital bills.

“Habeeb is the last of our three children. I work with an agency under the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) and we have sought for help from the local government and from individuals too but nothing much has come in. We have gone to the Government House in Alausa with letters as well but we trust God but  nothing has come in,” she said, calling well meaning Nigerians for help to save her son.

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