Needs N6m For Surgery, Says I Don’t Want To Die On Wheel Chair
By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 30, 2017
On 29 October 10, 2010 when she left school after vacation as student of Institute of Management Technology, Enugu for Lagos to reunite with her relatives, Uche Ikpe was fit like any of her colleagues.
But now at her present abode at No 49, Adesile Street, Ilasa, Lagos State, she is being assisted to carry out every domestic activity.
The 30 years old who had to abandon her hope of studying Economics at 200 level abruptly hails from Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, is now looking up to God and good Samaritans for assistance to get back on her feet.
That day until a cab took her to Ilasa at about noon she was still anticipating the usual fanfare that usually herald her home coming after the semester break but that was not to be.
Suddenly as the journey progressed, the only thing she could remember was that the vehicle she boarded had a collision with a truck and minutes after that she was being rescued out of the badly damaged vehicle.
Although, some of the survivors sustained varied injuries but for her, she felt no pain on her body and as such thought she was lucky.
However, hours later Uche noticed that she could not move any of her legs prompting her admission at the Lagos State Teaching hospital for medical examination for weeks.
At first, the doctors gave assurances that the situation would improve in a matter of days. Days and mouths passed by that did not happen and Uche was confined to a spot and was helpless.
As usual, after the accident the matter attracted police attention. Both owners of the vehicles involved in the accident showered sympathy for while until the police dispensed the matter. Thereafter Uche was abandoned both all the parties and she resigned to fate.
Was she suffering from bone fracture or spinal cord disorder? The dejected lady has these to say: “I didn’t feel any pain in my legs when the accident occurred but series of tests conducted revealed that I had a shock in my spine. I was placed on drugs for over 12 months with therapy side by side, however no improvement.
“After leaving the hospital, I had been taken to different hospitals, churches, herbal centers and variuos spiritual places to seek solution when my people could no longer afford the medical bill. All efforts to restore my body system back to normal proved abortive.”
Tearfully, she lamented: “There are things I want to accomplish in life. I am begging well meaning Nigerians to assist me to get out of this wheel chair. I never planned to end my life this way. My parents have spent all they have on me. The situation had been tough.
“I was told that I will need between N3 to N4 million for a surgery in India to rectify the situation three years ago. We went everywhere seeking assistance but we were not able to meet the target. Now I am told we will need between N5 to N6 million for same treatment. I am counting on God.”
Her Enugu based dad, Mr Matthias Ikpe, in his 60s told The LeadOnline that, “my daughter and the entire family had gone through a lot since she had the accident.
“What else would I do? I have faith in God. I have been praying. I am a common driver. I have spent all I have on her. I am willing to do more but my strength is limiting me. I will appreciate a helping hand from any quarter.
“We had taken Uche to even The Synagogue of All Nations in Lagos but we were not attended to. The frustration was so much that her sister, Rosemary in Lagos had to carry on with her. I am appealing to government to help save the situation” he pleaded.
Recounting the tragic incident, Rosemary Ikpe, added that, “life had become something else since for us. At first, the owner of the car that hit the vehicle conveying my sister during the accident was arrested and he offset the initial N700, 000 bills at the hospital.
“After wards, we were abandoned. For two years, Uche was bedridden at the hospital gulping thousands of naira daily for drugs and other maintenance until we were thrown out due to paucity of fund.
“We need about N6million for surgery. How I wish God will touch some kind hearted Nigerians to help us. I am begging. We had been duped severally by people claiming they would heal her. Now we are hoping on God” she said.
Apart from her home address, Uche can be reached on her mobile phone: 08067753682 and anyone willing to support her financially can make donation through IKPE UCHE at KEYSTONE BANK with account number:6001614158.