PARENTS of Emmanuel Iyamah, the six-month-old infant born with a hole-in-the-heart, have sent a Save-Our-Soul appeal to Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
In the appeal, Patrick and Virginia, little Emmanuel’s father and mother respectively, are appealing for the Governor’s assistance towards facilitating their son’s crucial corrective heart surgery projected at N2 million
A medical report from the Paediatric Cardiology Unit, LUTH, describes Emmanuel’s condition as symptomatic congenital heart disease and confirmed by echocardiography to be a heart murmur and bronchopneumonia.
The couple who brought the appeal along with their ailing infant to Vanguard;s Corporate Head Office in Lagos, lamented that since his birth on September 25, 2012 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, little Emmanuel’s life has been a series of trials and challenges
Patrick, a sales representative hails from Idumuesah in Ika North LGA of Delta State, while his wife,Virginia, is native to Abavo, in Ika South LGA of Delta State, noted that Emmanuel has been in and out of LUTH so many times with different drugs administered on him to no avail.
Narrating his ordeal, he stated: “We are appealing to Governor Uduaghan to use his good office to help save our son whose only hope is to undergo corrective heart surgery in India. The condition is beyond doctors at LUTH so we were referred to India for this much-needed surgery over three months ago, but we have been unable to pursue the option because of lack of funds. This is our big drawback.
“We have spent all that we have on tests and drugs. Now we need help to raise the N2 million. We are pleading with Governor Uduaghan and well meaning Nigerians to help restore our son’s hope for life.
“Our expectation has been to see changes, but the reverse has been the case. The situation is geting worse. He is in constant pain and cries ceaselessly,” Patrick noted.