By Victoria Amadi
The family of Akajiaku has known no peace since the abrupt illness threatening the life of their father and husband surfaced.
Akajiaku Candid Chibueze, a Mass Communication graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, has been diagnosed with kidney failure at a hospital in Abuja.
Akajiaku, a native of Okpofe, Ezihinihite, Mbaise, Imo State, prior to his illness, was a media professional and consultant. He later became the CEO of Saint Wealth. Since the illness started, he has been relying on family and friends for survival. Akajiaku has been passing through pain as he undergoes dialysis twice a week. Each dialysis costs N40,000, making a total of N80,000 per week.
Though he remains grateful to God for his life, he narrated how he could have died at the previous dialysis centre.
“I was going for dialysis once a week but noticed that I was not having any relief. Instead, things were getting worse. It went on like that for some time till I complained to a friend in Lagos. My friend contacted a doctor friend, Dr. Abuchi Okaro in St. Elizabeth Hospital, London, who demanded the results of my tests, which we sent to him. He raised the alarm that the results were not showing that anything was being removed from my system through dialysis and recommended we change to another place. And that was what saved me from death.
“Other doctors who analysed my results opined that the centre apparently was economising consumables for the procedure and, by then, I had exhausted my resources and was relying on friends and goodwill to continue the procedure. When I went to another hospital recommended for me in Abuja, I felt a lot of relief after each procedure. But by then, I was told there had been damage, which required a transplant.”
Akajiaku’s condition now is pathetic. He cannot utter a word without taking a deep breath. He has spent all th money he has. And having been told his transplant would cost N18 million, he is appealing to all Nigerians to help give him a second chance at life.
He said: “The cost of the transplant has been put at N18 million, and I have exhausted and sold everything I have. There is no helper, except my wife, who is taking care of me just to stay alive. Now, I have to go to Nigerians for help, or where do I get N18 million for the transplant? So, I am appealing to Nigerians to, please, help me stay alive, since there are chances that I can bounce back and live to be useful to others and to myself.
Donations can be sent to Fidelity Bank with the following details: Akajiaku Chibueze C., Account number 6239205853. He can be reached on 08023145171 and 08050513069, and his wife, Chinasa, can be reached on 07033485745.