One of Nigeria’s notable journalists, Mr. Walter Ukaegbu, has passionately appealed to Nigerians for assistance, especially the Senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Kalu, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and other good spirited Nigerians to enable have a kidney transplant.
Ukaegbu is seriously ill and fast deteriorating in health as a result of a kidney problem and to stay alive he needs about N9 million to have a transplant so as to be on his feet again.
A native of Item in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, Ukaegbu, who has been suffering from kidney failure since 2018, said the ailment has taken a huge toll on him financially.
Speaking on the history of his ailment, Ukaegbu, a married man with children said he was working with the Sun Newspaper, Abuja office until the sickness struck.
He said: “I noticed the sickness in July 2018 when I had pains on the lower side part of my abdomen. I went to Gilgal Hospital near my estate, which recommended me for scans and tests.
‘‘I also developed leg pains which made me go to Primus Hospital Caro. From there I went to the Federal Medical Centre Airport Road where a team of doctors diagnosed me and discovered I had kidney problems.
‘‘Since they do not have a neurologist, they referred me to Garki General Hospital where I have been undergoing dialysis for more than two years now, which has depleted my funds completely due to the cost of treatment. This treatment has rendered me completely empty financially.
‘‘I have not urinated for the past two years, it has been God and friends that have been helping me and sustaining me to do the dialysis.
‘‘I need N9million for the transplant. Meanwhile, I spend N27,000 weekly for dialysis and have spent more than five million as I also buy blood sometimes if need be.
‘‘I have been assisted by my old schoolmates, my towns Union, Item Union Abuja, and NCC&CAC amongst others.
‘‘I am passionately appealing to Nigerians, especially the Senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Kalu, my Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and other good-spirited Nigerians,” pleaded.
Ukaegbu, who vowed to continue his journalism practice when he recovers from the illness expressed gratitude to old schoolmates, town union, Item Union Abuja, NCC, and CAC, who he said had assisted him so far.
He also appealed to other good-spirited Nigerians to come to his rescue, saying that it would be the greatest leap in his life and to his family if he can do the transplant. To assist Walter, kindly donate to Walter Ukaegbu: 3021101954, First Bank. He can also be contacted on 08025548395 and SirwallyO6@yahoo.com.