In Bayelsa, a timely succour for ailing kids

Date: 26-01-2011 11:57 am (13 years ago) | Author: Aliuniyi lawal
- at 26-01-2011 11:57 AM (13 years ago)

Samuel Aneidima, 15, had a great dream. Right from his childhood, he had dreamt of becoming a surgeon in life. He was already on the path as his academic records at the New Total Child Academy Kpansia, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State revealed.

In May 2007, Samuel’s father died and his mother became a widow, but Samuel remained undaunted in his academic pursuit. That, however, was until one fateful morning in August 2008, when fate dealt a cruel blow on him and the Junior Secondary School Three student had a bike accident on his way to school.

According to the mother, Mrs. Blessing Aneidima she feared for the worst when she learnt that her son had been involved in an accident. The woman cried profusely. But after seeing that the accident was minor, with Samuel sustaining just little scratches, her mind came down.

He was taken to a private hospital, treated and was discharged to go home. But eight months after the accident, Samuel started feeling pains in the chest, back and ribs. Worse still, the back began to swell up and Mrs. Aneidima became worried. She rushed to the hospital and she was told she had to wait for four days to see the doctor. Watching her son in pains, she decided to take him to a traditional bone fixer.

“By then, Samuel was in pains and I decided to take him to a traditional massager so as to relieve him of the pains. The massager used the native ointment to massage him and he became paralyzed the more and could not move his legs. We alerted the massager but he assured us that he would be healed gradually. However, his condition became worse and we had to take him to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa. When we were asked by the doctor, we had to tell him that we had taken him to a traditional massager,” she told Daily Sun.

At the FMC Yenagoa, the doctors diagnosed him of spinal tuberculosis. Drugs were administered on him and after seven months of paralysis he regained the use of his hands and could stand straight. However, he could still not walk and was advised to use crutches to aid walking until he is completely healed.
Just recently the proprietress of his school, Mrs. Stella Benibo saw his condition. She quickly informed officials of Mrs Alayingi Sylva’s Centre for Gender Values and Culture (CGVC) to the plight of the boy whose dream was being threatened by his health.

Benibo was said to have been encouraged because of Mrs. Sylva’s track record of assisting indigent women and children who face serious health challenges. She was glad when Mrs. Sylva actually decided to help and all arrangements were made for the boy to receive treatment.
Mrs. Sylva contacted her medical team and the boy was thoroughly examined. Dr. Atibatonye Owei, a consultant who heads the Medical Team of CGVC said when the young boy was brought to the NGO’s attention, his pine was bent and protruding and his situation had deteriorated because of lack of proper care. He also said the boy had developed spinal tuberculosis.

And, to ensure that the boy got back to his normal self, and acting on the report of the medical team, CGVC sent him to the Christian Bernard Memorial Hospital in South Africa. The organization also ensured that the special spine jacket recommended for him to wear was imported from Germany.
Samuel had just returned from his trip and is now walking perfectly. CGVC medical team said his situation will be re-evaluated after a three-month period when an MRI will be carried out to determine if further treatment will be necessary.
At their home along Church Street in Agudama, Mrs. Aneidima was profuse with praises for Mrs. Sylva for helping her son without even knowing her family before now.

“God will bless Mrs. Sylva. For everything she has been doing, God would bless her. I have never met her and yet she helped me,” she said
Samuel, in an interview, expressed gratitude to Mrs. Sylva and thanked God for using her to keep his dream of becoming a surgeon alive.
Miss Happiness Plato is another beneficiary of Mrs. Sylva’s kind heart. The nine- year old girl lost her parents in an inferno caused by kerosene explosion at her home in Otuakeme, Ogbia Local Government area and she also suffered 3rd degree burns.

Being an orphan, Mrs. Joy Kopu- Oze, proprietress of Daisy Children’s Home, Otuakeme took her in. it was there that she was spotted by Mrs. Sylva when she visited the home during the Independence Day celebrations.
She contacted her medical team immediately, and they made all necessary arrangements to get her proper medical treatment abroad.
Happiness has been flown to Apollo Children’s Hospital in Chennai, India where she has already undergone reconstructive surgery to remove the contractures which formed after the burns healed.
 The medical team further confirmed that she would also undergo further plastic surgery to ensure she becomes okay again.

Posted: at 26-01-2011 11:57 AM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- onases at 26-01-2011 03:29 PM (13 years ago)
Mrs.Sylva is one of very few Nigerians that have godly heart and feeling.Could our leaders and other Nigerians please copy from her.
The woman of GOD,Mrs Sylva,remain blessed
Posted: at 26-01-2011 03:29 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
- mallorca at 26-01-2011 05:52 PM (13 years ago)

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