By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
A Nigerian Gospel music artiste and Broadcaster with the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC), Itoro Lawrence Akpan has appealed to public spirited individuals, corporate organisations and government to her overcome severe pain and get back to life
Itoro who is in her mid 30s, said that she contacted polio at the tender age of two years and since then struggles to live a normal life until 2016.
Like what may be described as adding injuries to the wound struck and increased her sorrow when men of the underworld attacked her apartment, robbed her of personal belongings and subdued to this point of begging for financial assistance to save her life.
Her story, “I contacted polio at a tender age of 2. I strive to live a normal life until 2016. I struggle daily to cope in a world of the able-bodied, in spite of the many obvious challenges I face. I am a graduate of French Language.
“In 2016, armed Robbers broke into my residence, robbed me of all my valuables and still beat me with a thick iron rod on my back bone, rendering my already bad and bent spine, worse. I’m in excruciating pains with shocking sensations; numbness; weakness from my waist down my legs.
“I was diagnosed with “multilevel disc prolapse with spinal stenosis and nerve root compression; “lumbar spondylosis with discitis”
“In 2017, I underwent a spinal decompression surgery in Nigeria but it was unsuccessful. I did a corrective surgery in 2018, with the intention of stabilising the spine with instrumentation, but I had crisis in the theatre; l had cardiac arrest, so the surgery was aborted.
“It has left me with continuous pain. Sleep has eluded me. I’ve lived on drugs for almost 3 years now, and the drugs no more help with the pains. I can’t fend for myself and my family anymore. I am tired! This attack has crippled my life!
“To avoid developing bowel and urinary incontinence and spending the rest of my life on a wheelchair, the hospital referred me to Herzliya Medical Center, Isreal for the surgery for “spinal decompression with instrumented fusion”
“A proforma invoice from that hospital indicates I will need about 42090USD; about seventeen million naira (N17, 000,000. 00) for the surgery (minus flight tickets, carers, Hotel bills).
“I am humbly appealing for financial assistance to be able to undergo this surgery in Isreal and get back my life.
“Nothing is too small. Please help me get back my normal life. Please spare me this life of pain, misery and shame! I just want to live!”, She explained.
Itoro can be contacted on 08032668809. Her bank details are Itoro Lawrence Akpan. UBA. 1020207484.