Brother of undergrad down with leukaemia cries out for help
Twenty-nine-year-old Lynda Aigbodega was hale and hearty until 2016 when she was diagnosed with leukaemia currently threatening to put her life on hold. The once dark, pretty final year philosophy student at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, has become a shadow of her former self.
Acquaintances and relatives of the indigene of Dagbala in the Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State are usually troubled by the current looks of the once genial and easy-going student.
A not-for-profit academic medical centre based in the United States of America, The Mayo Clinic, notes on its website that leukaemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
It states that there are many types of leukemia, adding that some forms are more common in children while other forms occur mostly in adults. It explains that the disease usually involves the white blood cells and the white blood cells are potent infection fighters.
Leukemia symptoms include fever or chills, tiny red spots in the skin (petechiae), excessive sweating, especially at night, bone pain or tenderness, persistent fatigue, weakness, frequent or severe infections, losing weight without trying, swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen, easy bleeding or bruising and recurrent nosebleeds.
Aigbodega’s brother, Emmanuel, who spoke on her behalf, looked disturbed and forlorn as he narrated his sister’s plight.
He said they thought it was a simple sickness as she started experiencing repeated bouts of headache and fever which she treated with paracetamol. He added that before long, her gums and face became swollen, with her once lush, dark hair falling off and her breathing heavy.
He stated, “a few days later, I got a call that she collapsed. Before then, she was seeking admission and complaining that her mates were already in school while she had yet been admitted to any school.
“She eventually got admission to study philosophy at the OOU in 2014. By 2016, she was in 200 level and her face didn’t usually look bright as it used to be. Each time I told her my observation, she would tell me not to bother too much that she was fine.
“I was at work sometime in 2016 and I got a call from my elder sister that Lynda collapsed again and had been taken to the General Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos. There, doctors said she lacked blood. I was devastated and had to donate mine because she has a blood group (AB+) that can receive blood from anyone.’’
It was gathered that Lynda was weak and couldn’t walk for days and tests conducted by doctors at the General Hospital diagnosed her with leukaemia.
He stated that she had been living on food supplements and receiving medical treatment at the General Hospital, Gbagada, and Divine Touch Herbal Clinic, Benin City.
Emmanuel lamented that her treatments had drained the family financially, adding that their retired father and mother, a petty trader, had expended their life savings on drugs for her.
Amid sobs, he said, “After the medical tests carried out on her, doctors told us that she would recover after undergoing bone marrow transplant (also known as stem cell transplant) at the Fort Hospital in Kerala, India. We have contacted the hospital which estimated the cost of transplant at $9,500 (N3.42m). With flight cost and other expenses, the amount needed is about $14,000 (N5m).”
Also, Dr. Solomon Anokhaoya of Divine Touch said the patient would undergo surgery successfully in Indian with N5m.
He appealed to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and other well-meaning Nigerians to assist his sister who he said hoped to complete her studies immediately after recovery.
Emmanuel added, “I don’t want my sister to die and we will be hugely grateful if help comes her way in time. Those willing to help can do so through her account details: Access Bank A/C name: Aigbodega Oyogbo Lynda; A/C number: 0031025100.”