Adekunle Joseph Olatoye is in urgent need. He is to undergo surgery for total/partial excision of mass on his right eye.
The 39-year-old business man has poured both his financial resources (Capital), and other investments into the treatment, yet good treatment eluded him. He has been examined, and assured by Fortis Hospitals Group, India that he will put the condition behind him, if he comes over.
What stands between Olatoye and achieving a good health is the cost of surgery which is estimated at 6000 to 6500 US Dollars.
Recounting his ordeal, Olatoye said in July 2016, he noticed his eyes being reddish. By September, he went to the hospital where he was asked to do MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
Olatoye said he believed so such in the indigenous capacity of Nigerian doctors, “so even when my close associates told me not to settle for Nigerian health facilities, but to travel out to do the surgical intervention, I told them my mind. Now, I regret it, so I am back to square one. I need money now. I am scouting to raise the required amount. If I had listened, I would have gone outside and got treatment for value.
“I approached a health facility, and was ordered to do an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), the MRI scan result showed that what was pushing out the eye is behind socket, and I was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. I was attended to by a team consisting of a consulatnt ophthalmologists and a consultant Surgeon. The team agreed that I need to undergo surgery, but cannot be done within the hospital because the equipment needed was not available,” recalled Olatoye.
Olatoye was referred to, and went to a private hospital in Abuja last year February, and had the surgical intervention that cost four million naira. He diverted all his investment, and business capital into this surgery, with the hope that if there is life there is hope, and he will bounce back once he’s gained his health back.
Alas, after two months, he discovered that the mass was still affecting his vision. He was back at the hospital.
To his chagrin, Olatoye realised that, “nothing was removed. The hospital, told me that I needed radiation, but that I should go for it elsewhere because it has no radiation machine. Efforts to get the radiation treatment have been abortive. And I am back to square one,” he lamented.
Olatoye said sundry diagnoses reports revealed that pre-surgery, he had a large retrobilbar mass in the right orbit resulting in the mild proptosis with local spread, including intra-cranial extension through the foramen and fissues, with remodeling of bones as described. Lymphoma (cancer) was queried but it was not.
“Post surgery diagnosis indicated Angiomatous mengioma. Primary hemangioendo-thelioma is a strong differential because of the endotheliomatous growth pattern. In summary, the pathologists agreed it is a Sphenoid mass tumour. And if it is a surgery expertly done that can free me of this”.
Frustrated Olatoye searched for help on the internet, “So, I approached three hospitals in India. They all saw the test results, and gave me the quotation. The cheapest required 6000 to 6500 US Dollars, which includes a five-day stay in a sharing room at the hospital where an attendant can also stay with me. The medical tests and consultations; surgeon fees, nursing care, medicines, and consumables, food for me, and airport transfers are all factored in”.
Olatoye appealed that all and sundry, including people with milk of human kindness should rally round him to get this second surgical intervention done, “I am not a lazy person. I need my health back, to gain back my life. My children are all affected by this my condition as their schooling and wellbeing are affected. But I am hopeful that once I am back on my feet, I will pick up the pieces of my life, and re-establish myself.”
Do you want to assist Olatoye. Call him on- 08120797096, visit him at No 31, Adeleke Odunuga St., Harmony Estate, Ifako, Agege, lagos. Or credit his account- Adekunle Joseph Olatoye- Zenith Bank, 2009545023.