With tears rolling down their cheeks, parents of ailing little Matthew Adewumi Eminirekan Miller, Mr and Mrs. Ajayi Olatunbosun Millier have been pleading with governments at all levels, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and public-spirited individuals to save their little son from dying. The boy is suffering from congenital heart disease (Truncus Arterious) with VSD and ASD.
The parents are in dire need of N5m in order to carry out a major surgery on the baby who has already been referred from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife in Osun State to a hospital in New Delhi, India.
Matthew, whose parents hail from Akure, the Ondo State capital, was born on August 28, 2012 at the Ondo State Mother and Child Hospital. Two months after he was delivered, the parents noticed that that the little boy had frequent cough, inappropriate breathing and catarrh.
In a chat with Newsextra, Mr. Miller said: “Immediately we discovered the baby’s unusual health condition, we rushed him to the Mother and Child Hospital in Akure which is very close to our residence.”
Continuing, Miller who is a farmer continued: “Though, when his mother was three months pregnant, she suffered from chicken pox which was treated before she was delivered of Mathew. After two months, she gave birth to him. Mathew always has frequent catarrh, cough and his breathing is very poor.
“We rushed him back to Mother and Child Hospital but the doctors there could not do anything about it. They directed us to the State Hospital in Akure where the doctors also directed us to Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre in Ondo Town. Unfortunately, the experts their claimed that they do not have such equipment to carry out such surgical operation.
“They referred us to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching College Hospital in Ile-Ife. The doctors in Ife directed us to a Cardiac Consultation Unit, Biket Medical Centre in Osogbo in Osun State. It was there they discovered that my baby is battling with such ailment.
“We took the report to OAUTHC and the doctors urged us to wait for some weeks in order to conduct a research if they could treat such disease. They latter sent us a letter signed by one Dr. A.B Ogunrombi, the Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon of the hospital that patient (Matthew) already diagnosed with congenital heart disease (Truncus Arterious) with VSD and ASD will need surgical correction abroad. The estimated cost for the surgical correction including travel is about N5m.
“Although we have contacted the hospital in India through internet and they have replied us through Dr. Ashutosh Marwah, a Senior Consultant and Surgeon-Paediatric Cardiologist, Fortis Escorts Super Specialty Hospital New Delhi, India.
“In his reply, Dr. Marwah said hospital cost for the treatment is likely to be 10,100 US Dollars, including the cost of the surgery.
“They cost will also include the 12 days they will spend in the hospital (four days in ICU and eight days in the room), including extra 3300 US Dollars as an amount for extra stay in the hospital (if necessary).”
In the face of this, Mr Miller said he was financially handicapped, even as he said: “I have spent all the money I have. Every three days will always take Matthew to Mother and Child Hospital for treatment. As at now, I have spent over N500, 000 on the baby and I am broke. We always get a drug for him from OUATHC every day. As a result of this, we have nothing with us again.
“We are begging government, philanthropists, individuals and corporate organisations to give us some financial assistance. We cannot afford to lose Matthew. We have tried our best. Please, you can reach us through this Bank Account: 2058807833, United Bank of Africa (UBA).”