All is not well with Samuel Olapade Teibo. His kidneys have collapsed, which is making life unbearable for him. Each new day appears like a bonus for the once vivacious young man. He groans at the hospital where his relatives are spending hundreds of thousands to keep him alive.
The 31-year-old motorcycle rider needs urgent financial assistance from kind-hearted Nigerians for an urgent surgery to save his life.
His mother, Mrs Nike Ogunbiyi, who lamented that she had spent all her money on Teibo, said her son’s health has continued to deteriorate on a daily basis.
Recalling how the young man’s sickness started, she said: “On July 5 this year, I got home in the morning and met my son shivering. I quickly rushed to a nearby pharmacy to get him some drugs, which he took. The next day, instead of relief, the sickness got worse. I took him to Omolayo Hospital in Lagos, where he was admitted for three days. It was while there that we noticed that his urine was red.
“The doctors said he might have had an infection, judging from the colour of the urine. After he was discharged, I took him to Iba Health Centre, where he had a series of test. He was placed on injections for three days, yet his condition was not getting better. We kept buying different types of drugs as recommended by his doctors.”
She said her son started operating a commercial motorbike, known as okada, when he couldn’t secure a decent job. Teibo was still riding the motorcycle as a means of survival till he was struck with the disease.
With no improvement in his condition, his mother said they had to move him to another hospital. Three days after the patient was discharged, she noticed that his hiccups persisted.
Her words: “We continued to battle with it. The day he fainted, I had to quickly rush him to Adelum Hospital, near Ota in Ogun State, where I was asked to deposit N20,000, which I did. After running several tests, we were on the fourth day referred to Igando General Hospital in Lagos.
“Getting to Igando emergency, they said there was no bed space for new patients. We went to Badagry, but I was told that they didn’t have doctors that could handle my son’s case. They advised us to either go to the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) or to Solar Medical Hospital in Abeokuta.
On July 20, I took him for first dialysis, which cost me N84,200. On July 23, he did the second dialysis spending N69,000, and on July 30, he did the third one at N58,700.
“So far, we have spent about N500,000, yet there is nothing to show for it.”
Ogunbiyi said when she couldn’t cope with the financial demands, she was forced to take him to her father’s house in Lagos.
“After that, we took him to LASUTH, and another round of dialysis was done at N68,000.
The patient could be reached on 08062346757 and financial assistance could be rendered to him through his mother’s account at Guarantee Trust Bank with account number 0019385850. The woman’s name is Nike Ogunbiyi.