By Mirembe Martina
A 13-year-old boy was born without private parts.
Born in 2005, Uchenna Ekezie was born with underdeveloped private parts. He has a stump where his reproductive organs are supposed to be and it grew only an inch long.
Because he lacks one of the most important parts of his body, he cannot urinate normally. In addition, his ability to father children is nothing but a likely dream right now that may not see the light of day. He requires N4.5m for corrective surgery in India.
From the Ejike Ezekie family of Umuariam Obowo LGA of ImoState, Ekezie has undergone a series of major surgeries at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia. The money he needs is required to help him undergo two more outstanding surgeries for his recovery. The first surgery is for correction of the continuous dripping of urine, while the second surgery is for elongation of the stump.
In a bid to correct the defect, Ekezi suffered more damage in certain veins and arteries around his core area. A medical evaluation by an IndianHospital in Abuja sent to FortisEscortsHospital, New delhi, India, from the Department of Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, QueenElizabethHospital, Umuahia, explained that Uchenna had the first surgery eight days after birth.
In the report, signed by Dr. E.N. Agwu on behalf of Dr. G.U. Ugbam, the Chief Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, the procedure, known as posterior iliac osteotomy, was followed by the repair of the exomphalons at two months of age, and followed to months later by repair of epispadias. At four months of age, Uchenna had a herniotomy and bladder augmentation at six months. All surgeries were allegedly carried out at the FMC, Umuahia.
His father, Celestine said that efforts to seek financial assistance from the ImoState government have not been successful. He said that
an estimated bill of $12,000 (about N2 million) is for the corrective surgery, and an additional N2.5 million was being sought to cover medicals, return tickets, evaluations, tests and post surgeries and rehabilitation.
Celestine appealed for urgent financial assistance. “We have no kobo or even a fraction of this amount. Already we have spent all we have on his treatment and the family is broke. I even had to sell off all the cement blocks I moulded to build about four rooms, as well as the old car I was managing to provide for my family. We are now completely dependent on the response of generous Nigerians to out plea. Please help provide Uchenna with a better quality of life and offer us hope in humanity.”