Victim of transformer explosion seeks N1.5 million for surgery
THE succinct description of fate by the late renowned American composer, Lemony Snicket as ‘a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like’, aptly summarised the case of Kalifat Dauda, a five-year old boy, who suffered serious burns as a result of transformer explosion at Mile 2 Signal Barracks, Apapa, Lagos.
Neither the little boy nor his family on that day, August 29, 2014 had premonition of what awaits Kalifat, else, they would have stopped him from going outside to play.
But since nobody has control of fate, the unexpected happened.
That Friday’ s afternoon, Kalifat, who had just had his meal after school, decided to play around with his friends when the unthinkable happened.
A big bang was heard in the barrack and it turned out to be a transformer that exploded near their apartment at the barracks and little Kalifat was engulfed in the ensuing inferno.
But if not the timely intervention of Good Samaritans, the situation could have gone worse because at the time of the incident, Kalifat’s father, Gambo Dauda, a Signal personnel was still at work when he got a distress call from neighbours informing him of the ugly incident.
Today, the once charming and energetic Kalifat is a despicable sight to behold and, therefore, in desperate need of N1.5 million for a corrective surgery to enable him live a normal life.
However, this lifeline depends on the goodwill of people since his family has already expended all they could muster to carry him thus far as a result of the incident.
Narrating the family ordeal to The Guardian, Dauda described the incident as an abnormal visitor that has come to spoil the happiness and peace that the family hitherto enjoyed.
According to him, shortly after the explosion, his son was immediately taken for surgery at the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi, where he spent two months.
“At the hospital, we have spent all we had but doctors said there is still need for a second surgery if the boy is to make progress.
“As I am speaking to you, it is not easy for the family as I have spent over N1 million with some of the money borrowed from friends and family.
When, I could not get more money, I decided to resign to fate till last month when Oluwagbabo Foundation came to the scene and revived the hope of getting my boy back to life.
“I am appealing to good spirited Nigerians and people of goodwill to come to my little boy’s aid and give him a life line,” he pleaded.
Also a report signed on March 16, 2015 by Dr A. O Ayoade, a consultant Plastic surgeon at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, showed that Kalifat suffered from flame burns to the head and neck trunk with all extremities, following an explosion from an electricity transformer near where he had been playing with his friends.
“He was admitted and treated in the burns centre and later had surgery on October 3, 2014.
“At the surgery, he was found to have a major ulcers, bilateral Ectropion of the eyelids and Contractives of the heads for which he has Blepharoplasty, soft tissue releases and split thickness skin grafting.
Following surgery, he also had active physiotherapy to all limbs and head and neck.
The parents had some financial difficulties in managing him.
“Patient, however, still require further surgeries to release Contractives on both hands, Microsomal facial scar revision and he also requires funds for scar modulation and rehabilitations.” The report added.
Also the founder of Oluwagbobo Foundation, Mrs. Afolabi Oluwatomisin, who brought them to The Guardian, said the foundation at present lacked the financial muscle to shoulder the cost of the surgery.
She, therefore, called on Nigerians and Corporate organizations to come to the aid of little Kalifat so that he will live a normal life again.
Any assistance to Kalifat can be made to the following account numbers:
Yusuf Dauda, Unity Bank Plc, Account N0: 0024421849 Or Oluwagbogo Foundation, FCMB 2790957011, or call telephone number 08185759964
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