An eight-year-old pupil of Bethel Nursery and Primary School (ECWA) in Ilorin, Asmau Abdulsalam, is in severe pain as she battles with a major heart issue. According to the child’s mother Zainab, Asmau first started feeling hot and was vomiting, making her parents take her to the hospital where she was first treated for malaria, before further tests showed she has holes in the heart. Zainab noted it’s not been easy for her and her husband, who are both civil servants as they have had to sell all their properties to be able to take care of their child. “We have spent the proceeds of our land and other property for her treatment. I appeal to Nigerians to assist us. She used to feel hot. When they gave her treatment in the hospital, after three weeks, she was still not responding well. She was believed to be suffering from malaria and they gave her injection. But later, they discovered that there was a problem with her heart. We did the scan which confirmed it.”
Medical report from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, signed by Consultant paediatric cardiologist, Dr. M.B. Abdulkadir, revealed Asmau was diagnosed with holes in the heart (centricular septal defect + patent ductus arterosus) and needs an open heart surgery to close the holes in her heart so as to live a normal life. “Unfortunately, this procedure cannot be performed in this hospital currently and she has to be referred to India.” Asmau’s father has now come out to beg the Federal Government, Kwara State government, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, other members of the National and state assemblies as well as groups, organisations, corporate bodies and philanthropists to help his ailing child. Asmau, needs N20m for the primary and secondary operations, flight tickets, logistics and after treatment rehabilitation. “It has not been easy, we are poor civil servants in Kwara State. Asmau is in Primary Three. She has not been attending school regularly. Sometimes they will call us that she is sick again and that she is vomiting and we will take her to the hospital again. “I have sold all my belongings to treat my child. I just appeal to Nigerians to assist this child and donate money so that she can be treated for her to live a normal life. About N20m is need for the first and second operations, logistics, and to take care of her after the operation.”
Contacts: Father: 08038078746; Mother, 07061188252.
Donation can be made to: Asmau O. Abdulsalam, Sterling Bank, Account Number, 0067699291. Photo Credit: Getty