During the first months of her life, Teniola Akinbani was full of life, now at 14 months she needs a test and corrective heart surgery at two hospitals more than 180 kilometers apart.
Weighing 3.2kg at birth, Teniola now needs 3.5million Naira to first undergo a cardiac catheterization test at Babcock University Hospital in Ogun State, then surgery in open heart at Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital (OAUTH), Osun State.
The test, according to his father, Obafemi, costs N650,000 and the only hospital that offers such a test in Nigeria is Babcock University Hospital.
According to the result of the pediatric 2-D transthoracic echocardiography performed at OAUTH and observed by our reporter, Teniola has an interventricular communication with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a congenital heart disease.
The condition is characterized by atrial and left ventricular enlargement, extensive perimembranous interventricular communication with muscle extension, severe tricuspid regurgitation, dilated pulmonary arteries, and moderate to severe pulmonary regurgitation.
In the result dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the hospital recommended right heart catheterization and oral diuretics and sildenafil citrate.
Her father, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune, said the first indication was a birth about a month old, but they believed she was simply responding to the compulsory vaccination.
The condition also known as “a hole in the heart” began when Teniola was six months old, a development that has left her father, a private school teacher, and her mother, Kike, a health assistant at a private hospital in need ever since.
Teniola, born at Mother and Child Hospital in Akure, Ondo State on September 1, 2020, now has irregular heartbeats and shortness of breath and currently weighs 5.3 kg, an indication of a slowing growth caused by a heart defect.
The father further told the Nigerian Tribune that Teniola had lost weight in the past eight months and that doctors initially thought she was not well nourished until a pediatrician checked her breathing habits.
âIt’s a terrible experience and we have nowhere to turn to. She was breathless to the point of passing out.
âWe haven’t slept for three days because sometimes the episodes lead to heart failure. We guide her and her mother cannot let go. His comrades have started to walk and go to the nursery.
âWe spent around 7,500 N each time she goes to the doctor for treatment every two weeks. By my estimate it should be around 500,000 N now. The doctor comes from Ibadan between Tuesday and Friday just for her, âhe said.
He added that Teniola cannot take his new medicine until the Babcock test is done.
While data from Lancet, an independent international general medicine weekly, noted that congenital heart disease was the underlying cause of around 261,247 deaths worldwide in 2017, Teniola’s parents are asking for prayers and financial support. kind-hearted Nigerians to keep her alive.
A letter of support from Ondo State University Hospital of Medical Sciences, Akure, where she is currently receiving treatment and signed by the consultant pediatric cardiologist, Dr Bola Akinkunmi, stated that Teniola “will undergo an operation open heart to correct the heart problem. “
The letter reads: âThe girl named above with congenital heart disease (ventricular septal anomaly) attended our clinic.
âShe will have to undergo open heart surgery to correct the heart problem.
âThe estimated cost is around three million five hundred thousand naira (3.5 million naira). The parent makes an effort to raise funds. They will need financial help from caring people to be able to achieve the goal of getting their daughter treated. “
In seeking help, Teniola’s parents contacted, through a family friend, Ondo-based NGO Global 21st Century Initiative, which is running a fundraising campaign for her.
Explaining why the initiative took an interest in Teniola’s case, NGO president Moji Adewumi told the Nigerian Tribune that she hopes Teniola will have access to the health care needed through this plea for help. .
Adewumi said, âOur ultimate goal is to give hope to the desperate and that is why we identify with baby Akinbani. We believe that all children around the world, no matter where they come from, have the right to health, the right to nutritious food, the right to care and all other human rights.
âChildren who have access to these rights grow up to be independent individuals who can break the cycle of poverty, be empowered to take charge of their future and take an active role in shaping it. “
Parents with account name AKINBANI ADEYEMO OBAFEMI with UNION BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER 0125222078 can be contacted on +234 810 685 6642.
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