- A kinsman of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state is in need of N200,000 to offset hospital bills
- He was burnt by gas explosion in Asaba on January 9, 2017 and has been in the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba since then
- The FMC detained him following his inability to pay the N200,000 as his treatment bill
It was supposed to be a day like any other. A beautiful Monday morning and the first working day of the year, when 30-year-old Lucky Moses decided to prepare breakfast before going to work.
At about some minutes past 8am, he bent down to put on the gas cooker, oblivious of the fact that the gas had been leaking all night. One strike of the match stick was all it took and GBOOM he heard! The gas had exploded. The explosion consumed his face, his hands, legs and his body.
Lucky Moses, a Deltan hails from Agbor, country home of the Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. The ill-fated day was January 9, 2017 which was supposed to be the first working week after the festivity of the New Year.
Being the only one in the house at the Asaba housing estate near Asaba airport, he laid on the floor writhing helplessly in pains for what seemed like hours, before he was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, by a passerby who heard his cry.
He was admitted same day and that marked the beginning of a long visit to the hospital. After almost five months of treatments, and medications at the Orthopaedic unit, FMC Asaba, Moses has been declared strong enough to go home, despite the scarred imprints left on his face, hands and legs.
However, his inability to pay up the hospital bills incurred during his unprepared stay at the hospital, is threatening to make him a permanent detainee at the centre.
Narrating his experience, Moses told NAIJ.com who visited him at the FMC: “I was trying to light the gas when it exploded in my face. I didn’t know that it had been leaking throughout the night.
“There was no one in the house with me, so there was nowhere to get help until one man who was passing by heard my voice from inside and rushed me to the hospital.”
For the past four months, it has been one treatment after the other for Moses, who noted that if not for his elder sister who had been assisting him with food, there would have been no one to take care of him in the hospital.
“I have been in the hospital since this year began. I have not done any work at all so I don’t have money to offset the bills. And the hospital will not allow me to go unless I pay this money up.
“I have only been able to raise N10,000 out of N200,000. Please, I am begging Governor Okowa, Victor Nwokolo, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and other kind-hearted Nigerians to come to my aid.”
He said the owner of the laundry where he works, a certain Mr. Caleb, had made attempts to help him out but was also handicapped by paucity of funds. Family, relatives and friends have also been running around, looking for ways to raise the money but to no avail.
Moses, who is still single and has been working as a drycleaner for the past two years, told NAIJ.com that as at the time the incident occurred, he had no money at all. He expressed gratitude to the management of the hospital for treating him before demanding complete payment.
“If it were to be in some other places, they may not agree to treat the person until the payment is made. If they had not started treating me first, I would probably have died by now,” he stated.
He added that his inability to pay up the money in time, could lead to higher accumulation of bills for the extra days being spent on the hospital bed and pleaded with kind-hearted people to come to his aid.
Lucky Moses could be reached on phone 08101758682
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