Help save Vivian Chioma Eleleme
N4.5 million needed for heart surgery
The moment you meet Vivian Chioma Eleleme, a 23-year old Mass Communication student of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, what confronts you is her smile and confidence. Vivian, who recently, was diagnosed of a severe Mitral Valve Stenosis with clinically NYHA Class 2, and needs about N4.5 million for corrective surgery at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is very hopeful of a better tomorrow.
A medical report with Ref No: SUB/LASUTH/SURG/2017/044, signed by Bode Falase, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and made available to The Guardian, showed good LV function with EF of 60 per cent. There is mild pulmonary hypertension with PASP of 19mm Hg.
“IVC measures 19mm, collapses on inspiration >50% and TAPSE is 18mm, showing preserved right ventricular function. The Mitral valve is rheumatic, severely thickened and stenotic with a valvale area of 0.7cm. It is likely this valve can be repaired and will need to be replaced.”
Vivian told The Guardian that it all started in 2013, when she had a fall. “I told my parents and they took me to a hospital, where necessary tests and X-rays were carried out, but nothing was found. I was given medical attention, afterwards,”| she said.
Early this year, she spent close to two weeks in a private hospital, where nothing of such was discovered. But when she went back to school, her health deteriorated. “The pains became severe that I could not bear it. My parents were called to take me home for adequate medical attention. Before their coming, I was already undergoing treatment in school, but under the care of my father’s sister.”
According to her, on coming back to Lagos, further investigations on her health were conducted at the Federal Medical Centre, Lagos and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where it was discovered that she had rheumatic heart disease.
“I need the support of well-meaning and caring Nigerians to raise the needed funds for the surgery. I believe there are good and kind-hearted Nigerians out there that would come to my aid. With their help, I will be alive to fulfill my God-given purpose on earth,” she said.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Onwere, close to tears, also joined in the call to kind-hearted Nigerians to save their daughter’s life.“I’m not bothered she has been out of school for sometime now, all I want is for my daughter to get well again and get her life back. Please, my fellow Nigerians help save my daughter’s life,” Onwere said.
According to him, they have spent so much to keep her on, but they, however, do not have the N4.5 million needed for the corrective surgery. They want Nigerians to support them.
Any assistance for Chioma can be made to Eleleme Vivian Chioma, Diamond Bank Account Number: 0082958519. She could also be reached on the following phone numbers: 09092456227 and 08137419697.
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