Rotimi, 28, seeks N0.28m for urgent eye surgery

Unless there is urgent intervention, Rotimi Michael Sowemimo might go blind following a complicated eye problem which the medical doctors handling his case at the Eye Foundation Hospital described as Rhegmategenous Retinal Detachment.

Rotimi needs a total N280, 000 to have his eyes checked and operated on. Unfortunately, Rotimi who has no one to support him cannot afford to pay the hospital bill.

According to a medical report signed by a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr. A. Samuel, it was obvious the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) could not handle Rotimi’s problems, before Rotimi was referred from LUTH to the Eye Foundation, Ikeja. Samuel also said that when Rotimi was presented at LUTH, the posterior segment in the right eye revealed Chorio Retinal Scar, Large Retinal detachment, while the left eye has complicated cataract with posteriors.
A breakdown of the cost of treatment by a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon/Vitreo Retinal Specialist, Mrs. Chastmier Ejorh of the Eye Foundation, Rotimi requires further investigation which will cost him N250, 000, Laboratory test, N10, 000, theatre fee, N10, 000 and other miscellaneous expenses N10, 000.

Rotimi’s problem began after he suffered Conjunctivitis (Apollo) that did not subside.

“When the Apollo started, I went to the hospital and the doctor gave me an eye drop which I used. After applying the eye drop the problem became worse. When the problem continued after four days, I went back to the Isolo General Hospital, Lagos, from where I was referred to LUTH. Since that time I have been begging from friends and relatives to foot my bills. I have exhausted every avenue I could to raise money that is why I come out to beg Nigerians to help me restore my sight,” he said.

Rotimi called on Nigerians, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode to come to his rescue.

If you are touched by Rotimi’s plight please send your donations to this account number: GTB 0014440305, Rotimi Micheal Sowemimo or call 08091823418.
This story was published in Newswatch Times on September 24, 2015.


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