HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

Five-Year-Old Boy with Rare Heart Disease in Need of N4 million for Surgery

A boy, five years old, known as Abdulsalam Oluwatoyin, has been diagnosed of tetralogy of fallot and is in need of 4 million Naira for treatment.

According to the CDC, it is a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth.

Tetralogy of Fallot defects cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. Risk factors include a viral illness such as rubella (German measles) during pregnancy, maternal alcoholism or a family history of the condition.

“It happens when a baby’s heart does not form correctly as the baby grows and develops in the mother’s womb during pregnancy,” the CDC said.

In a chat with newsmen, Abdulsalam’s mother, Mrs Adeola Oluwatoyin, said on Thursday that her son was first diagnosed with the condition in 2016 at the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

She said, “The second diagnosis was done in 2018 at the OOUTH, while the third diagnosis was done in July, 2020 at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.”

“We have been to a lot of places to seek financial assistance but no response yet. He is currently on admission at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State; his breathing is always fast.”

“His father is also a cobbler, we’ve been to everywhere we can to seek financial help, but help nothing is forthcoming. Babacock Teaching Hospital has agreed to do a corrective heart surgery for him, but they won’t start anything until the money is complete,” Adeola said.

Abdulsalam’s mother can be reached on her mobile number, 08069721464; donations can also be made into – Account number: 0422959910; Account name: Oluwatoyin Abdulsalam Bukola; Bank: GTB.

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