*Ex-Governor Aregbesola defrayed cost of 8-months stay in India
*Akinsola seeks N30m from Nigerians to walk again
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
While on a search for a job opportunity in Abuja, a 34-year-old lady, Miss Funmilayo Akinsola, encountered a terrible accident that left paralysed, turned her life upside down and in dire need of help.
The accident occurred on February 5, 2013 at Asejire area of Ibadan along Ibadan-lfe Expressway while she was travelling for an interview appointment.
Narrating her ordeal to WESTERN POST, Akinola, who betrayed emotions said: “The bus somersaulted and burst into flames,” which she said, claimed all the lives on board the vehicle. She was lone survivor.
The accident, according to her, left her with multiple injuries, burns to her backside, right and left feet and also tibio-fibular fractures and a fractured ankle. Added to this was pelvic dislocation and deep laceration and broken glasses inside.
In her words: “l was rescued by men of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan where I underwent several surgeries and treatment for several months. However, my wounds got infected along the line at UCH.
“Desperate efforts were made to save my life, there were no improvement, and it got to a point that I was given the impression that my chances of surviving such a complicated case were very slim indeed. At a point, amputation of my legs and colostomy were suggested but which I went against.”
She disclosed that after seven months in the UCH, she requested for referral to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, but could not be admitted due to the doctors’ strike then, coupled with the unavailability of a vacant bed in the burns unit of the hospital.
Akinsola shed more light, “I was taken to a couple of private hospitals before I was eventually referred to Ganga Medical Centre, Cainbatore in South India. This was almost a year after the accident and due to the infection I contracted during my stay in the UCH, most of my bottoms were already decaying.
“Thus, part of my buttocks had to be surgically removed in a very painful and expensive operation. By this time, my loving father had exhausted all retirement benefits on me.
“We, were therefore, constrained to contact the former Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, through a family friend. It was the former governor that assisted to defray the cost of my 8-months stay in India.
“After 8 months, I was returned to Nigeria with a referral to the USA for the continuation of my treatment. Ogbeni Aregbesola was still on hand to mercifully bankroll my travelling to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, where I encountered different surgeons before it was finally concluded that I had to be referred to an expert Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Sontich, for orthopeadic surgeries before I could have plastic and podiatry surgeries.
“All these surgeries cost much and I was later referred again to Metro Health Clinic. It was here I was assured that I could still walk again but would need to undergo other series of expensive surgeries to fix some rods inside my legs and knees.”
She explained that the temporary rods were eventually implanted into her legs at very huge costs and was requested to come back to Nigeria to solicit for funds to first clear the pending bills on her medical records in order to continue with her treatment.
“My parents sold all their property to raise money to offset all this, but despite their best efforts, I still have some pending bills to settle in the USA. My appointment to go back for the removal of those rods have long expired since, without being able to return for the concluding surgeries due to dearth of funds.
“I have been intimated of the danger of my continued having the rods inside my body, as they are temporary, and they are prone to rusting inside me, which can poison my blood and lead to death,” she said.
Akinola, a graduate of the Polytechnic, Ibadan who is a native of Ibadan, Idi-Ayunre, Ibadan South-West Local Government Area of the state, is using the medium to appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians and Governor Seyi Makinde to seek their moral and financial assistance so that her life might not be compromised to death.
“Your Excellency sir, I am thus forced to you to seek your fatherly and kind assistance so that my life is not compromised due to this unfortunate incident. As at now, I have three pending surgeries, which are two major (Orthopedic and plastic) and one minor (Podiatry).
“All these are to cost me something in the neighbourhood of N28.5 million and with the bills pending, I will need a total of N30 million to come out of this ‘valley of death’ which I have unfortunately found myself.
“I would internally appreciate whatever God can use you to do to make me live to contribute my own little quota to the uplift of this country. My account details are: Akinsola Funmilayo Bisola (Miss), 2001878808 (Savings Account), Zenith Bank. My telephone numbers are: 08035963234 and 09060973216,” she stated.