As we said in the first of the BlackBerry Viral series, the column is a collection of noteworthy information that’s making rounds via BB broadcast and other instant messaging services. YNaija got wind of this touching story this morning, and we want to share it with you. Please read, donate and spread the word.
Good Morning Dear Friends/Colleagues,
Recently I had reason to be at the Audiology Clinic, Yaba.
A poor looking lady with a female toddler sat next to me. We got talking and I found out she had brought her 2 year old, Mary Adeniyi, for the high tech hearing tests at the hospital. Mary has never responded to her name.
I was intrigued by Mama Mary. She spoke impeccable English, was very funny and I could not help but feel that circumstances of life made her look like she did. I asked her for her telephone number, so I could keep in touch, she did not have a phone. I gave my number.
Within 24 hours, Mrs Adeniyi got the dreaded confirmation of what she had long suspected – Mary is truly deaf. She was crying as she told me on phone. The N30,400 test fee had been a fortune for her to pay, now she has to pay N660,000 for 2 Hearing Aids if Mary is to hear and begin to learn to speak.
As I asked how I could reach her, a Mum from my kids’ school, who had been sitting next to me promised to buy her a phone (she has that now – 07095032496). I was encouraged and I therefore reassured her that I will reach out to my network of contacts and together we can put smiles on the Adeniyi family’s faces. I have confirmed her story and costs with the Hospital’s Director – Dr Irene Okeke-Igbokwe. All real!
Kindly pay your donations directly to:
INTERNATIONAL HEARING CENTRE NIG. LTD
A/C NO.: 7200169226
BANK: STANBICIBTC, V/I, LAGOS
Reference: Mary Adeniyi
All monies will be credited to Mary’s account. We are aiming for N700,000.00 to cover 2 Hearing Aids (waterproof and lasts for 7 years), Batteries and follow up visits.
May you find help in your time of need!
Mrs Bukky George