A 33-year-old man, Sunday Saleh, whose wife has spent two months in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), on Monday appealed for financial help from well meaning individuals and organisations to continue with her treatment.
The wife, Mary Saleh, is suffering from post-natal complications since Aug. 9, when she delivered a baby boy through a caesarean section.
Saleh, a gardener at a private house in Benin, said he had spent over N500,000 since his wife’s Blood Pressure (BP) shot up after the surgical operation, landing her in the ICU of the tertiary hospital.
“When she delivered a baby boy on Aug. 9, through operation, her BP shoot up and was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit because she was having breathing difficulty and since then, she has been in coma and on oxygen.
“I have spent all the money I have; I have been selling my property to make sure my wife come out alive and also take care of the baby’s feeding.
“I have spent over N500,000 so far including the baby delivery and feeding.
The money I am still owing now is over N600,000 and my wife is still on oxygen at the ICU.
I am also taking care of the little baby,” he said.
Saleh, who had a boy earlier, said things were becoming more difficult for him since the mother of two was battling with her life at the hospital.
“I am calling on government, well meaning Nigerians, corporate organisations to help me because I don’t have money now and I am exhausted financially.
The hospital has really been very helpful,” said the gardener.
He noted, however, that some good Samaritans had donated some money for him to buy baby food for the new born and some drugs for his wife so that her treatment can continue.
“Now, I really need help because to feed is very difficult for me and the money for ICU is much.
“They may stop giving her treatment now as I don’t have the money to buy drugs and I am also owing over N600,000,” he said.