By Kayode Fasua
Oyetoro Taiwo, 35, is currently on a cliffhanger, as time ticks away for his survival.
If a sum of N6 million is not mopped up for a major kidney transplant in the next few months, the young man, a supervisor in one of the Lagos outlets of MTN telecommunications company, may pass on, according to a submission of medics at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.
Besides, a kidney donor would have to be sourced who apparently would be paid from the N6.5m, for offering to part with one of his two kidneys.
His distraught, septuagenarian father, Rauf Oyetoro, in an interview with our correspondent, recalled that Taiwo’s travail began around October last year, when he reportedly collapsed on duty.
“Then the incident was followed with a swollen leg. We first started with native herbal applications but he became weak and bedridden as the applications did not yield result. He collapsed and had no stamina again. He at a time fainted. We took him to a private hospital in our neighbourhood in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos but we were referred to LASUTH.
“At LASUTH, he was diagnosed as having kidney problem. They said if it would be operated, it would cost us N6.5 million. We were also asked to look for a kidney donor.
“But as things stand, we are helpless as all our resources in the family are going for his weekly dialysis, which in itself, is not an assurance that he will survive.
“That’s why I’m calling on Nigerians to help, as I’m the only one left for him. He is yet to get married and has no child,” his concerned father lamented.
Asked if the family had approached MTN for assistance, Rauf said his son was considered far too junior to be put into consideration, as all overtures to his superiors in office were rebuffed.
Official receipts of LASUTH’s Critical Care Unit, which our correspondent obtained, indicated that Taiwo was parting with N39, 000 every week, for dialysis.
His family has thus opened a dedicated account for Taiwo, with a passionate appeal to well-spirited individuals and corporate organisations to come to his aid. The account detail is: Taiwo Oyetoro; account number: 3113383462, at First Bank.