Six-year-old Gold Adeyemi, a primary one pupil of Tommar Nursery and Primary School in Abeokuta, Ogun State is currently facing a life threatening medical challenge. She was diagnosed of suffering brain tumour which requires urgent medical attention to save her life.
The ailment was discovered in May last year with a symptom of acute malaria. But when the malaria would not go away despite all efforts, further examinations revealed that Adeyemi is suffering from brain tumour.
Her poor parents had run from pillar to post to raise money for the first phase of the operation, having to sell off all valuables to meet up the cost of the operation.
The hospital authorities informed her parents that for the girl to fully recover and continue a normal life, another round of operation had to be carried out but this has not been done due to paucity of funds.
Adeyemi would need a sum of N8m to undergo the next phase of operation to have her life back.
The management had earlier referred the patient to Neurological Surgery Department, St James University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leads, L$97TF, United Kingdom, in a letter reference number OAUTHC/HR.3/VOL.IV/XXV/122.
But for the financial challenge of the parents, they had resolved to do the operation at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, in Osun State
The patient, a young female girl with hospital number 463528 in the hospital is currently undergoing serious pains with sleepless day and night, as the parents passionately appeal to well-meaning individuals, government and corporate bodies to come to her aid.
A referral medical letter written by Dr. G.O. Ejembi, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Onafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, disclosed that the patient had been on admission for three months before the first phase of the operation.
‘The above named child presented at our neurosurgical emergency unit 3 months ago, on account of headache of 3 months duration, unsteady gait of 2 months duration and visual impairment of 1 month duration. There was associated early morning vomiting, generalized tonic-clonic convulsions and alteration of consciousness. No prior diplopia, limb weakness or sensory impairment’,” the letter reads.
“On examination, she had a GCS score of 14, bilateral papilloedema, up-gaze palsy, quadriparesis, global hypertonia and hyper-reflexia. She had a brain MRI scan that showed a mixed intensity mass lesion in the pineal region with triventriculomegaly and transependymal sippage,” Ejembi wrote.
“A diagnosis of a pineal region tumour with obstructive hydrocephalus was made and she was scheduled for a two staged surgery – emergency VP shunt insertion and a later definitive tumor excision. Patient improved neurologically with a GCS of 15/15 post VP shunt insertion,” the medical report emphasized.
The 47-year old father and 34 year-old mother of the girl, while calling for urgent financial support to make life meaningful for the innocent girl said the donation can be deposited into the account of Adeyemi Adesina at First Bank with number 2041106138