URGENT intervention is required if 31- year-old Chinonso Judith Ericson is to walk again. Both her legs and spinal cord were crushed in a road crash which almost claimed her life in January 2008.
Chinonso was involved in a road crash in Abeokuta while returning to Lagos from the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, Rivers State.
At the time, she was a final-year student of Foreign Languages but like a bad dream, her hopes of graduating crashed.
She has since been bed-ridden, suffered rejection and abandonment even with the threat of amputation of both limbs.
Narrating her story, Chinonso stated: “I have been rejected by two hospitals. My parents then took me to a traditional medicine home. But my problem was compounded while I was there.”
Her immediate family has spent over N5 million, even her father died heartbroken one year after the accident, leaving her mother, Comfort, discomforted.
Chinonso has missed the chances of graduating from UNIPORT, but, even in her trouble, she re-enrolled for the JAMB examination and secured admission to study Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. She is in her final year, but her condition has deteriorated and she needs urgent medical attention.
A report from Royal Pinnacle Clinic, Surulere, Lagos signed by Dr Nwosu James, said on presentation, the patient was ill-looking, emaciated and in obvious painful distress.
“She could neither stand nor move the lower limbs. There was extensive cellulitis of both lower limbs up to the knees and feet with foul-smelling pus oozing out from several open/infected wounds on both lower limbs.”
While combining treatment and studies, she has undergone two surgeries and has been told that a third surgery would be needed for her to be fit again.
Her words: “In 2016, at my school’s function, Dr Yolanda George Davies, a UN Ambassador and Founder of Bethel Foundation, took interest in my case and invited me over to her hospital for examination.
“During the examination, she discovered that the drug I was taking was killing my cells. She became my personal doctor and changed my treatment and within a space of one year, I started having some sensation in my legs and blood started flowing.
“But sometime in November, the pain resurfaced and I can no longer move even with crutches. During a medical check, it was discovered that the wound has been infected and has been overstretched. The doctor said I am due for two corrective surgeries in India at the cost of N7 million.”
Her lower limbs require further corrective surgery, which might include skin grafting and bone lengthening.
Chinonso is appealing to kind-hearted Nigerians, corporate and humanitarian organisations and the government to come to her aid. If you are touched, make your donation to Ericson Chinonso Judith, GTB 0137719366, or call 07063451934 for more details.