By Nzeh Frankwhite
Veteran journalist, Walter Ukaegbu is seriously ill and fast deteriorating in health. He needs N15 million to run a kidney transparent If he is to ever step on his feet again.
Walter, a native of Item Bende local government Area of Abia State who has been suffering from kidney failure since 2018, which has taken a huge toll from him financially.
Speaking on the history of his ailment, Walter, a married man with children, is a practicing journalist with Sun Newspaper, in Abuja, where he has been plying his trade since 1986 until the sickness struck.
He said: “I noticed the sickness in July 2018 when I had pains on the side part of my abdomen. I went to Gilgal Hospital in my estate which recommended me for Scan and tests.
‘‘I also developed leg pains which made me go to Primus Hospital Caro. From there I went to the Federal Medical Centre Airport Road where a team of Doctors diagnosed me and discovered I had kidney problems.
‘‘Since they do not have neurologist, they referred me to Gariki General Hospital where I have been undergoing dialysis for more than two years now, which has depleted my funds completely due to the cost of treatment and has rendered me completely empty.
‘‘I have not urinated for the past two years, it has been God and friends that has been helping me and sustaining me to do the dialysis.
‘‘I need N9million for the transplant. Meanwhile, I spend N27,000 weekly for dialysis and have spent more than five million as I also buy blood sometimes if need be.
‘‘I have been assisted by my old school mates, my towns Union, Item Union Abuja, NCC&CAC.
‘‘I am passionately appealing to Nigerians, people like Senator Abia North Dr Orji Kalu, my Governor, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, and other good spirited Nigerians.
Walter, who vowed to continue his journalism practice when he recovers from the illness expressed gratitude his old school mates, towns Union, Item Union Abuja, NCC and CAC, who he said had assisted him so far.
He also appealed to other good spirited Nigerians to come to his rescue, saying that it would be the greatest leap in his life and to his family if he can do the transplant.
To assist Walter, kindly donate to: Walter Ukaegbu: 3021101954, Frst bank. He can be contacted on 08025548395, SirwallyO6@yahoo.com