The family members of one 36-year-old Oluwole Emmanuel residing in Ibillo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State have called on Nigerians to support their sibling diagnosed with a mouth tumour.
The family in a text message to The PUNCH, said they were asking for Nigerians’ support for N500,000,00 required for their brother’s surgery in a hospital.
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH, Emmanuel’s brother, Femi, said the tumour started growing to a visible point in December 2016, and all efforts to ensure treatment and halt its growth proved abortive.
He added that despite their efforts and those of the several traditional healers patronised by the family, the situation kept deteriorating.
Femi said, “The first time we noticed the changes and abnormal growth on his face was in December 2016 and we started visiting several traditional healers and native doctors.
“We visited many of them in different areas, and in fact, we extended our search to other states but all was to no avail.
“Rather than getting better, the situation was deteriorating and we noticed the growth was getting bigger and more visible. However, his pain became unbearable in January 2022 and we went to the hospital where we were asked to go for a test in ascertaining the situation.
“After the test, we were informed that he would be operated on (surgery). We were told the whole process and other expenses would cost us N500,000,00 but we have no money to pay for the operation. That is why we are seeking Nigerians’ support for his treatment because Emmanuel has been enduring unbearable pain and we are afraid for his life.”
The result of a scan of Emmanuel’s jaw signed by a consultant radiologist, one Dr Michael, sighted by our correspondent, revealed that “there is a large pedunculated soft tissue mass involving the nasal cavities and the maxilla with destruction of the anterior wall of nasal bones.
“There is hyperostosis and deformity of the maxilla with displacement of the teeth.
“There is multiple dulcification in the mass.
“There is complete opacification of the frontal ethmoidal, sphenoid and maxillary sinuses.”
The family said Nigerians willing to support can send their donations to the following account number: OLUWOLE EMMANUEL 1604729214 (ACCESS BANK).