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Ifediba, 39-year-old container accident victim begs Nigerians for N1.6m for corrective bone surgery



Mrs Ujuka Ifediba, a 39-year-old woman, who was involved in a container truck accident in 2017 has called on kindhearted individuals and organisations to assist her financially and enable her to return to normal live again.

Ifediba made the plea from her hospital bed at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital COOUTH), Awka on Tuesdsay.

She said she was lucky to escape death when a container fell-off the body of the truck and landed on her waist and lower part of her body at Agric Bus stop on the Mile Two- Badagry expressway, Lagos.

The patient said the accident occurred on Sept. 6, 2017, and recounted how a man who was beside her died instantly under the container, noting that even in her pains, the trauma of the accident hasn’t left her.

Ifediba said she was receiving treatment at a traditional bone setting home before she was moved to COOUTH last year.

“I have  been a burden to my husband and widowed mother as family members have spent a lot of money on my predicament.”

According to her, she has undergone a number of surgeries for treatment of the wound but the actual corrective surgery for the fractures has yet to be done.

She said she had not received medical attention in the hospital for more than two months due to her inability to pay the N1.6 million bill for the corrective surgery.

She noted that she had been discharged as doctors in the hospital were on strike, but has to pay about N1,044, 775 accumulated bill before leaving the hospital.

Medical report from COOUTH signed by Dr Ifeanyi Ezeobi, a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, said Ifediba was admitted to the hospital on May 28, 2018 and had been under a combined team of orthopedic and plastic surgeons.

“She is a victim of road traffic accident and sustained multiple fractures to the pelvis and lower limbs.

“Initial management was by traditional bone setters in Lagos leading to pressure sores at the gluteal and back of the knees and hips with stiffness of the joint.

“She has undergone series of surgical interventions to heal the pressure sores while still awaiting definitive treatment of the fractures which will come when the pressure ulcers are healed.

“The estimated cost of the definitive treatment for the fractures is put at N1.6 million, this includes the cost of surgeries, additional hospital stay and rehabilitation,” it said.

Ifediba, who is presently lying helpless at the deserted female surgical ward with her mother on her bed side, can be contacted through this phone number 081 616 75802.

She hails from Umuoji, Idemili North and married to Chibuike Ifediba, from Ogwu-Ikpele, Ogbaru Council Area both in Anambra.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Resident and Consultant doctors at COOUTH have embarked on indefinite strike over issues with the Anambra Government.


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