Mrs. Margaret Anyanwu, was in 2018 diagnosed of cancer of the breast. She has since then spent a whopping sum of money to regain her health. But today, she is bereft of money to continue her treatment; hence the patient is soliciting for funds to pay her medical bills, writes our Correspondent, ANGEL EKEOMA in Owerri.
She never had any premonition of suffering from a terminal disease. As a child, and indeed during most part of her adult life, she was usually afflicted with fever and malaria, two of the commonest diseases in tropical Africa.
A visit to a medical facility to see a doctor was all that she needed to bounce back to life hale and hearty.
Nevertheless, sometime in 2018, Mrs. Anyanwu received the most dreadful and heart-breaking news of her life – an information that deeply altered her somewhat impressive medical record.
Mrs. Anyanwu, who resides on Rukaba Road, Jos, the Plateau State capital, had itching sensation on her right breast, and so decided to undergo a medical check-up at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (UJTH).
Her life literally collapsed after she was diagnosed of having breast cancer. “This is unbelievable,” she quipped in exasperation, but the medical report remains unassailable.
And since then, she has been in and out of the hospital to seek medical help at great costs to her husband and the entire family. “I have spent a lot of money to save the life of my wife, says Mr. Anyanwu.
According medical experts, breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped created advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with this disease is steadily declining, largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalized approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease.
Interestingly, Mrs. Anyanwu’s doctors are confident that given the availability of money, and the corresponding treatment, she would ultimately recover from this life-threatening ailment.
Unfortunately, the Anyanwu’s no longer have money to treat the cancer; hence the mother of the house has being at home wasting away instead of receiving treatment at the hospital.
“Her husband has sold all his property while her three children have stopped attending school,” said one family member.
Again, interestingly, the UJTH has graciously being in the vanguard to raise funds from kind-hearted members of the public for the treatment of Mrs. Anyanwu, the cancer patient.
A letter of May 27, 2021, entitled Re: Anyanwu Margaret, 4th Years, Female, Hosp. No. JR 01 -69-05 Diagnosis: Invasive Carcinoma, with Chorio-CArcinomatoi:s Features of the Right Breast Cancer: and addressed to the Asaigbo Cancer Care Initiatives, Moon and Star Plaza, Lugbe, Abuja, reads:
“The above-named patient is being managed for the afore-mentioned diagnosis.
“She presented at our clinic where she was evaluated and scheduled to commence treatment, but defaulted sighting (sic) financial constraints as the reason.
“The treatment she would require includes chemotherapy, surgery and radiotheraphy. These treatments are capital intensive.”
The letter signed on behalf of Dr. Maurice N. N., consultant radiation and clinical oncologist, also states that “she requested this report in order to solicit for your financial assistance.
“Kindly accord her the necessary support.”
The management of Asaigbo Cancer Care Initiatives had on receipt of the letter conducted an investigation to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of Mrs. Anyanwu’s case.
“After Jos University Teaching Hospital brought her plight to us ,we embarked on confirmation visitation to her abode in Rukaba Road Jos, where we interviewed her ,video her and took some photographs with her so that the public will understand how serious her case is,” said an official of the cancer outfit.
According to the official, “Mrs. Margret need 3.5 Million Naira to treat this deadly cancer.”
The management of the cancer treatment centre requested sympathetic members of the public to “please send your donation to her husband account: (No amount is too small)
ACCOUNT Number: 0038454470 Account Name: ANYANWU JOHN CHIDOZIE
Bank Name: STANBIC.
The cancer treatment centre is optimistic that “God will use kind-hearted members of the public to restore Mrs. Anyanwu’s health back to normal,