From Agene Akhere, Benin
He seems healthy, but 14 months ols Omohimoria Praise has a hole in his heart! His parents who are from Benin-City, Edo State have cried out to well-meaning Nigerians, groups and public spirited organizations to help in facilitating a corrective heart surgery for their son.
Vincent Omohimoria, father of the toddler, said at a press conference in Benin City that the evaluation was carried out at the Paedriatic Cardiology Unit of the UBTH by Professor Wilson Sadoh, a Consultant Paedriatic Cardiologist.
They said their son who has been a patient at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Ugbowo near Benin City, since birth, was during the week evaluated for a congenital heart disease or hole in the heart.
“The hospital said my son’s life is at risk and that he is likely to have heart failure because of the hole in his heart. He also said the heart is failing very fast”.
Omohimoria said the doctor also said his son would need to be flown abroad for corrective Heart surgery and that the estimates for the procedure would come to about USD10, 000 exclusive of airfares and accommodation.
He displayed the doctor’s report from a repeat echo cardiogram at the UBTH, carried out on his son, on February 9, 2015, which revealed a “10.3mm secundum type, Atrial Septal Defect shunting from left to right; the right Atrium is markedly enlarged and fractional shunting 50.3 per cent.
“We have written appeal letters to Kanu Heart Foundation, Edo and Delta state governments. Even I wrote letters of appeal for support to prominent Nigerians and all we are asking is for them to help us treat my son because I am a casual driver and do not have the money to fly him abroad”.
Meanwhile, Professor Sadoh has spoken about the plight of Praise. He said Praise’s parents requested for his health status to be made open in order to enable them seek assistance for a corrective surgery for him.