Help Raise ₦1,324,000 to Fund Cecilia Joshua’s Corrective Surgery

21-year-old Cecilia Joshua, a native of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, she contracted Cerebrospinal meningitis in 2005, which was not immediately detected until she developed a severe brain disorder that has left her in acute medical condition.

Cecilia is the daughter to one of our current participants of the Goat project in Tafawa Balewa community of Bauchi state. It is safe to say that she has not optimally experienced life in ease and comfort, since she was 5 years old.

Her mother, Mary Joshua is a widow, who has catered for her daughter’s health issues since the girl was 6 years old, while also supporting her 4 other children. This ailment was first discovered in 2005 but due to lack of finances, Cecilia could not access proper medical attention until 2006 in Uthman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto state.

It was later discovered that the surgery carried out on Cecilia was not appropriately done; the tube inserted through her brain to suck out the fluids deposited in was the wrong size, and the doctor requested she is brought back for corrective surgery, but due to their financial struggle as a family, Cecilia has not been able to return for the treatment; which is currently 14 years overdue.

We have contacted the doctor that operated on Cecilia and he firmly said that an Assessment Test should be carried out on Cecilia to check and evaluate the severity of the complications on her current health status, which will inform the best action to be taken on her medically.

We want to use this medium to seek your attention into the case of Cecilia, who desperately needs as much support as she can get right now.

The cost of this MRI Scan/test on her head and neck has been estimated at N147, 000 (One hundred and forty-seven thousand Naira) and this cost exclude her actual surgery.

Also, it is estimated that her corrective surgery will cost N 1,177,000 including her medications, making a sum total of N 1,324, 000 to help get Cecilia back on a good foot.

A bank account has been opened for her in Nigeria and we have also opened an international fundraising account for this course via GoFundMe, to raise more funds for Cecilia. The fundraising account is titled “Because Her Life Matters!” and the link for the fundraising is https://gf.me/u/y54vmz (Donations from Nigeria seem impossible for now and we have decided to target the GoFundMe fundraising for international purposes).

On our recent project trip to Tafawa Balewa in November 2020, we paid a visit to the family to check on the welfare of Cecilia and her mother, prayed with them and encouraged them to continue to press on in hope and faith in God.

FLEP team visiting Cecilia Joshua and her family during our last trip to Tafawa Balewa.

As at now, funds raised amounts to 120,000 Naira (One hundred and twenty thousand Naira) in the Nigerian account and 240 Euros (108,500 Naira) in the International account; we strongly desire to see Cecilia receive the right medical attention she needs including her surgery, supplements/medications to ease her pains and inconveniences that will grant her better usage of her body and an opportunity to be relevant to herself, her family and community.

It is our plan to see that Cecilia undergoes her much needed medical intervention before the New Year, to enable her to start the year 2021 with better and improved health.

Cecilia is in school and is presently in SSS3 (Senior Secondary School Class 3) in one of the local schools in the community and we are also open to receiving support in other ways for Cecilia, be it in kind or tangible materials.

Photo of Cecilia and her family from FLEP team visit to Tafawa Balewa in 2018

You can help Cecilia by donating today.

The total costs of her treatment are ₦1,324,000. A comprehensive investigation and test must be conducted on her to know her current health condition before the corrective surgery.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support!

Local Support: Account Number: 3132700794, Account Name: Cecilia Joshua, Bank: First Bank of Nigeria.

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