The present life of 41-year old Raphael Chuka Okafor is an example of how the dreams of a promising youth can suddenly go south as a result of ill health.
As at last year, Okafor was an active staff of Justice Development and Peace Commission(JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, instrumental to the coordination of the numerous humanitarian activities of the group.
Today, Okafor, who is a 2004 graduate of Public Administration from the University of Abuja, is bedridden with a diagnosed malignant and cancerous brain tumour.
Despite having accumulated an outstanding medical bill of four million, seven hundred and thirty-eight thousand Naira (#4,738,000), waiting to be settled, Okafor’s health has continued to deteriorate.
He is presently seeking financial assistance to manage his health.
According to a sister to the sick, Ms Euphemia Okafor the family is passionately seeking financial assistance and prayers from members of the public as they are already in heavy debt as a result of the health challenge.
“We have sold virtually all worthwhile items of value we have. The inability to deposit more money has been affecting his weekly check-up and therapy by his doctors. This is the account number Euphemia Okafor, (phone No 0803 384 7533), GTB Plc Acct No 0032687968. No amount is too small, please.
“Since the diagnosis in December 1999 by his doctors, he has been guest to many specialist doctors, Consultant Neurosurgeons, Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists, Physiotherapists across the country’s referral and University Teaching hospitals. He has undergone a series of surgeries and other specialist attention that saw him spend weeks and months under these Consultants,” she recounted.
According to her, Okafor who was very active before the sickness pulled him down, now depends on others for everything in life.
“He now depends on others for everything including bathing, moving any part of his body and he feeds only through a pipe connected to his throat. This means that there must constantly be someone around him round the clock every day. Due to paucity of funds, it has been difficult for the family to provide for his daily needs, expensive drugs that he must take daily. We, therefore, appeal for support to save the life of Chuka,” she pleaded.