N8 million life-line for kidney failure victim in Nigeria
By Emmanuel Udom
Tokunbo Ogunlusi is resident at Oke-Ira, one of the high density areas in Lagos, southwest Nigeria. He is regarded as a very energetic, hardworking and loving youngman with lots of zeal, focus and ambition.
For years, he has been running his video distributor business from his home, located at No 2, Ogo Oluwa Street, Ogba Lagos. His line of business involves selling audio and video cassettes, taking snapshots at parties and renting out films to people in the area.
However, today, this once energetic 38-year-old indigene from Aramoko village in Ekiti state, south-west Nigeria needs urgent help to stay alive. He has been diagnosed by medical personnel as suffering from kidney failures.
The ailment began way back in 2009, when he noticed that he was always vomiting, feeling feverish and dizzy most of the time. Thinking it was malaria, the youngman hopped from one hospital to the other in search of cure, without success.
Today, doctors at the Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos say he will need about N7million to carry out a kidney transplant. The mother, Mrs Lanra Ogunlusi, 58, is willing to donate her kidney to save the life of her only son.
But, the problem is how to raise this whopping sum for the operations he is expected to undertake either in Nigeria or India. While he still praying and hoping for a miracle to happen, Tokunbo spends about N43, 000 every week on dialyses.
He is therefore appealing for help from public spirited individuals, companies, NGOs and government agencies within and outside Nigeria to stay alive.