14-year-old girl needs N1.8m for knee, ankle surgery

The family of a 14-year-old girl, Oyinkansola Amokomowo, who is currently battling with delayed developmental milestones and severe contractures of both knees and ankles, has sought the help of Nigerians for treatment.

PUNCH Metro learnt from a letter dated October 5, 2023, that Amokomowo’s condition is constraining her from walking with her legs.

The family, in the letter addressed to PUNCH Metro, said the teenager had been going through excruciating pain due to her health condition for four years.

Having been told the young girl needed N1.8m for surgery at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Yaba, Lagos, the family stated that they had raised N1.058m.

While calling on well-meaning Nigerians to assist, the family said the remaining N742,000 was stalling the surgery.

 “We have been hoping she can walk with her legs for the rest of her life because we have been carrying her on our backs for four years now. Please, help us in every way you can,” the letter partly read.

According to the teenager’s medical report from the Lagos hospital, which was also made available to PUNCH Metro, Amokomowo, had been diagnosed with severe spastic diplegic cerebral palsy (GMFCS 3) since May 24, 2023.

“She (Amokomowo) has been recommended for a surgical procedure of bilateral distal femoral extension osteotomies + bilateral patella advancement + bilateral elongation of the Tendo Achilles to improve her stance and possible ambulation.

“She has been assessed for this procedure and will be booked once ready,” the medical report read in part.

Donations to assist Amokomowo’s surgical treatment can be sent to Access Bank’s account number, 1431759178, with Folashade Tijani Abeke as the account name.

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