Kidney disease has kept my 19-year-old brother in pains for two years –Edo-based farmer

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Idowu Adediran, a 19-year-old SS3 pupil in Edo State, is battling with a life-threatening kidney condition. In this interview with TOBI AWORINDE, Idowu’s elder brother, Sunday Adediran, talks about the health challenges and the medical procedure that could save his brother’s life

What is the matter with your brother?

My younger brother, Idowu Adediran, has a kidney problem that has been bothering him for some time before we went to the hospital last year. The doctors then confirmed that it was a kidney problem.

When did it start?

It started in 2019. He has been complaining that he was weak. During the COVID-19 lockdown last year, it was only God that saved him. It was just before then that we went to the hospital. There was a pastor who took him to the hospital.

Where is the hospital located?

From Ibillo, Edo State, where we live, we took him to Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m a farmer. I am also an okada man (commercial motorcyclist), but I work mainly as a farmer and rely on the money I get from the produce from my farm.

Did your brother get a diagnosis before you went to that hospital?

No, we did not know that it was a kidney condition. It was when they did tests that we knew that it was a kidney-related issue. The tests were to examine the kidney. The scans they did showed that his kidney was black.

Is he currently on admission at the hospital?

No, he is in school now (Friday). He is not back. Very soon, he will be back. He is in SS3.

How old is he?

He is 19 years old.

Does he experience discomfort or pain?

He has pains. He goes through it a lot. Sometimes, he would be crying.

How often does he experience pain?

It’s not every day. Since Monday, he has been himself. He has not been complaining. There was a man who gave us a drug that he has been using. That is what has been helping him to manage the pain. He has not been complaining as much as before, especially at night. It is usually at night that he is in pain.

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Does he use the medication every day?

Yes, he does.

What does Idowu need to fully recover?

The doctor told us he needs to do a surgery. After the tests, we were told that he would need to undergo surgery, but that we should go and look for money.

How much is the procedure?

We were told it would be up to N400,000 or more.

Have you been able to raise any portion of the money?

If someone can help us with N300,000, my family members and I will be able to do everything we can to raise N100,000. That is our plan. We are appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to help us.

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Will the surgery be performed there in Ondo?

Yes, it will be done in Ikare-Akoko.

Is your brother preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination?

Yes, he will be sitting the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Examination Council exam this year, by God’s grace. We would like him to continue going to school and take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination too.

What is your brother’s future ambition?

He always says he wants to be a lawyer.

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