The mother of 13-year-old Precious Sodeinde who was successfully operated for brain tumour at Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti has praised Ekiti First Lady, Bisi Fayemi for saving her daughter from total blindness.
The operation on Sodeinde was performed by the hospital’s experts for N3 million.
She had gone partially blind by the time her case was reported to Fayemi.
“I thank Mrs Fayemi for this show of love. We thank God that the prompt action taken by her gave my daughter, Precious a second chance to see again. Before the operation, she could not see anything, but now she can see clearly,” she said.
She said this when she and her family paid a thank you visit to Fayemi’s wife in her office.
In her response, the First Lady said she was delighted that the operation was successful.
Addressing Sodeinde family members, the governor’s wife congratulated them on the successful operation on the 13-year-old saxophonist.
Fayemi noted that ABUTH was well equipped to offer quality healthcare like the best hospitals in India, the US, Britain and other advanced nations.
“I am pleased that the operation was successful. At times, you will spend money on a sickness, but money might fail. There was a case of a two-year-old hole-in-the -heart boy. We paid N2 million, but the boy died before the surgery.
“There was another lady who was already slated for surgery, but died a day before the operation despite all we spent. I had to donate the money to the family.
Fayemi called on rich Nigerians to stop seeking medical treatments abroad, saying that the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital could rival any hospital globally.
“With ABUTH, Nigerians don’t need to go to India, US or other advanced nations for medical treatment. Rather than travelling abroad, I call on them to come over to ABUTH “, she advised.
Fayemi pointed out that her office did not have budgetary provision for philanthropic gestures, saying she relied on donations from friends and non-governmental organisations to take care of the sick and needy in the state.
“Let me appeal to our people to feel free to write to my office while in distress, rather than going on social media. People who need help should write to the appropriate quarters,” she said.