The joy of every parent is to see their children energetic, but the reverse is the case with Mr. and Mrs. Fadayomi, whose eight-month-old baby girl, Oluwadarasimi, needs 2.5m to treat the hole in her heart.
Baby girl Oluwadarasimi, who is the only child of her parents, had undergone a Cataract Surgery, when she was three-months old which cost the family about N375,000 before her breathlessness ailment.
According to her father, Charles, she was detected to have congenital heart disease when the mother, Mojisola, had an accident on her way back home from the church months ago.
The parents, who visited The Punch on Monday, said their plan was to see her become one of the leaders in the country that would provide solution to people’s sufferings.
Charles narrated, “When she was three months old, we found out that she was not seeing, so we took her to a hospital where she was confirmed blind. To correct this, we were told that she would have to go through eye surgery (Cataract Surgery) which costs more than N375,000. This put the family in a big problem that we had to borrow money on the condition to repay in double.
“Not quite long, when she was four months old, her mother had an accident with the baby on her back. She was taken to the hospital because she was injured in her leg. It was there that the doctor detected that the baby was breathing very high. The doctor, then, recommended that we take her to Massey Children Hospital, Lagos.
“When we got to the hospital, we were further referred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where we had several tests for her, including echocardiogram. She had to be given oxygen for weeks, because her situation was becoming worse. Now, the doctor told us she has to go through surgery in India which will cost N2.5m. The doctor said it is urgent and I don’t know how to get it.”
He added, “The cause of the hole in her heart is what I don’t know. I could remember there was a time the doctor asked if the mother was smoking, and I said no. None of us smokes or drinks. We are Christians and our home is built on the fear of God. I attend the Redeemed Christian Church of God and by the grace of God; we will never compromise to the bad act.”
Sobered with his experiences of how children die of similar ailment at the hospital, the father cried for help. He said he had written letters to some of his church members, but that could still not help the situation.
He said, “I cannot imagine losing my one and only daughter. Every time I remember how children die in the hospital ward that we are, I get pained and uncomfortable, because I don’t know where to get N2.5m needed for the surgery. I am a driver, and the bus I am using was bought on hire purchase, I have not completed the payment.
“I passionately appeal on behalf of our only and darling Oluwadarasimi to Nigerians, philanthropists and organisations to rescue us in this excruciating, distressing and heartbreaking situation that befell the family.”
Describing how she felt when she heard that her daughter had the ailment, the mother said, “The agonising and sorrowful news that our eight-month-old baby girl has a heart problem, came to us so shockingly and almost unbelievably, yet with faith in God who has promised to be our help in times of trouble, we seek comfort.”
To render assistance, the family can be reached on 08121621371 or payment can be made into the GTBank Account Number: 0117999175; Account Name: Fadayomi Charles.
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