6 Year B'Haram Victim Returns to Nigeria After Successful Spinal Operation in Dubai

Master Alih Ahmadu, the six year old boy who was a victim of Boko Haram rampage, had a successful spinal surgery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE),

yesterday returned back to Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.

The young lad, it will be recalled was run over by Boko Haram terrorists with motorcycle when they invaded Chibok village his country home 4 years ago.

Ali, who sustained spinal cord injury from the attack, was flown to Dubai by a Non Governmental Organization, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care in collaboration with Telveras Group.

On arrival at the airport, Mr Goodluck Hayi, of Dickens Sanomi Foundation, expressed happiness that Alih, who was taken away on a wheel chair in September, can now walk again.

Hayi said the initial amount estimated for the surgery could not cover the cost at the end, saying it was not necessary to disclose the amount spent since it was charity work.

According to him an educational scholarship would be provided for Ali, until he gets to University by the Taleveras Foundation.

The foundation he said is backed by the principle of love and care which it demonstrates these principles by being our neighbours keepers and teaching love by showing it.

He said: "The Dickson Sanomi foundation will be working with Ali’s family through GIPLC and will be supporting Ali post surgery life to help him settle into Abuja and grow as a child.

"About three months ago, we all witnessed Ali Ahmadu been taken away on a wheel chair, today to the Glory of God we are here to receive Ali Ahmadu, walking handsomely into our arms.

"What started as a painful Journey for Little Ali four years ago that confined him to a wheel chair, has transformed into a Journey of hope, Love and care."

In his reaction, Mr Nuhu Kwajafah, Coordinator of GIPLC, acknowledged that the little boy never had access to any form of orthodox medication until he was discovered by the NGO.

Kwajafah said that Alih was at the mercy of traditionalist and was immobile and fast deteriorating, physically and mentally from that period till the first quarter of 2017, when GIPLC made contact with him.

According to him, during this period, access to education, nutrition, psychosocial tuning, water, sanitation or hygiene, was very limited, if not non-existent.

Kwajafah said that GIPLC was committed to Ali’s post surgery well being and have received confirmation from Dickens Sanomi Foundation to support his settling in the society.

He said that agreement had been reached to keep Ali in Abuja to give him special care as well as meeting both his medical and educational needs to guarantee him good future.

"He had been lying down for three years but on December 10 he will be celebrating his birthday with over 2,000 orphans where he will interact with other children.

"We run a charity organisation for the past eleven years where we reach out to kids who can't pay medical bills and we have so far been able to raise over 4 million dollars for children.

"He was treated in Zulekha Hospital at Sharjah, the medical bills was 48,000 dollars but after the surgery, there were some complication and there was additional15,000 dollars bill." he said.

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