HELP! THIS EX-UNIABUJA REGISTRAR IS DYING
In 11 months he has undergone six major surgeries in hospitals within and outside the country. Yet, there seems to be no end in sight?
This is the pathetic story of Mallam Yakubu Hassan Habi, a former registrar of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), who lies critically ill and requires N5 million for another surgery in India. He told Daily Sun that he has sold all his assets and personal belongings to get medical attention without luck.?
The travails of Habi, as he is popularly known, began in the evening of November 16, 2009, in the full glare of members of his immediate family. He told his story in tears:
'In the evening of November 16, 2009, I was with my family. I stood up to go and observed my prayers just about 7pm then my legs snapped and I fell down. Initially, I thought it was a domestic accident.
Within a few minutes, the pain I felt was unimaginable and I was rushed to the hospital. One thing led to the other and I am here today. It is 11 months now. In fact, I just came back from the hospital about one week ago.' Sitting on a make-shift bed in his sitting room apparently to accommodate his present state of incapacitation the former registrar said he had been to several hospitals where they performed surgeries without success:
'I am currently faced with the option of having my leg amputated if I am unable to get money for medical treatment outside the country. My good friend Dr. Wada has been of immense assistance. He even flew a medical doctor from Canada to attend to me. But the reality now is that I can get treated in India if I can afford it. I just returned from Garki Hospital where a team of consultants told me to consider the option of seeking medical attention elsewhere or have the leg amputated. I want my leg back.'
Even as he spoke and in spite of his medical condition, Habi, who has authored several books, said he still has life ahead of him. He appealed to Nigerians to come to his aid. Part of his dreams is to launch some of his unpublished works. ?Asked about his experience in the last 11 months.