Kidney-disease patient begs for help, says, "I don't want to die"

From Hope Abah Emmanuel,

A kidney disease patient, Pastor Gabriel Onoja, 42, has appealed to good spirited individuals to help him financially regain his health through the only available option of kidney transplant.
Onoja, a native of Idoma from Orokam in Ogbadigbo local government area of Benue State who is presently undergoing dialysis thrice a week at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Makurdi, could hardly speak audibly following the pain of his ailment.

"I don't want to die. Please I need financial help to undergo a kidney transplant," he whispered amid the pain while on a dialysis session.
His physician, Dr. Osuagwu Azubike, told our correspondent that the ailing cleric would need approximately N5 million to undergo a transplant within the country and N13 million to travel outside the country for the kidney transplant.
Azubike said that the patient has been undergoing dialysis for at least three times in a week to stay healthy and that each of those section cost a minimum of N25,000 which meant that in a week, the family spends nothing less than N75,000.
"The patient is suffering from chronic kidney disease due to long time diabetes. What we are doing now for him at FMC is a temporary measure dialysis at least three times in a week to keep him healthy and each section cost N25,000, apart from the first day which cost N35,000.
"He (patient) however needs definitive treatment which is kidney transplant. He needs approximately N5 million to get a transplant within the country. But if outside the country, he would require between N10 million and N13 million," the medical practitioner posited.
Meanwhile, the younger brother of the patient, Austin Onoja, explained that the family could not afford such huge amount of money as already footing the regular dialysis bill had become a financial burden too difficult to bear.
Austin said his brother, a founder of God's Rock Ministry in Kastina State was doing well until three years ago when he became frequent ill of diabetes after he relocated to Port Harcourt in Rivers State to continue his religious work.
He added that due to the persistent illness, his clergy brother moved back two years ago to Benue, his home state and settled in Otukpo but that his health kept deteriorating which led the family to seek medical solution for him at St. Daniel hospital in Otukpo where he was first diagnosed of kidney infection.
"Following the discovery, we brought him to Makurdi, we went to the Benue State Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) from where we were referred to FMC. Ever since, the family had been contributing money regularly for the dialysis thrice every week," he added.
According to the patient brother, the family spends far above N25,000 on each dialysis session because they have to pay transport fare to travel from Otukpo to Markurdi regularly within the week while there are other expenses incurred to purchase medical requirements outside the hospital.
He noted that the family spends at least a total of N105, 000 weekly at the moment as medical cost for ailing Pastor Gabriel.
Austin said they have been told by doctors that the dialysis cannot go on forever and that the family should opt for the alternative which meant a kidney transplant as he worried that they can't afford such bill without the help of government or good people in the society.
Already, he lamented that his ailing brother, married with a wife and four kids no longer have any finances of his own, stressing that even the children have dropped out of private school to public institution due to lack of funds.
"I'm appealing to good spirited people to kindly help my brother live again. We need financial support as a family to take him abroad for transplant. But I have volunteered to donate one of my kidney in order to save my brother's life," Austin concluded.
Pastor Gabriel undergoing a dialysis session at FMC in Makurdi, he can be reached on this number 08035988993.
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