In 2013, mother of 15-year-old Lekan Yussuf and his uncle walked into the premises of the Nigerian Tribune’s headquarters in Ibadan, devastated, yet clinging onto hope. The doctors assured that the boy would live but only if a kidney transplant was done immediately. Their mission was raising the money for the transplant by soliciting help from well meaning Nigerians via the media. That call for help was answered and Lekan was transferred Indrasprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi, India.
After a successful operation, he was given a long list of follow up drugs to be taken religiously with an admonishment to return to India for a transplant follow up on 21 January, 2014. That was two years ago. Lekan’s father is now deceased; his mother has sold property just to buy the very expensive drugs but has fallen short. Till date, Lekan has not been able to return for his follow up and his drug regimen has been compromised as his widowed mother cannot afford the expenses.
Before her only son relapses, help save his life because every day that the follow-up transplant costing N3.5 million is delayed is a day that brings Lekan closer to danger. Donations can be made to Yusuff Yidiat Romoke, 3070008659, First Bank; her phone number is 08055370148 or Yusuff Olaleken Hamzat, 3072058971, First Bank.