Ajayi Babatunde hails from Osun State and is in dire need of a lifeline. The 32-year-old, who claims that till date, he is still on the payroll of the Nigerian Ports Plc., is gradually dying of cancer of the neck. The young man said he was exposed to the cancerous growth through shaving in a barbing salon. After a while, the lump grew again and I went for a second surgery in 2000. This time, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
After undergoing the second operation, the growth grew the third time for which he underwent the third surgery at Ilesha in Osun State. But even the third surgery did not bring lasting solution to his plight. “After sometime, the cancer grew the fourth time. In all, I have had four operations without success. The third and fourth operations were at Adelere and Westley Hospitals. They’re both private”, he narrated.
On his ordeal,he said, “I’m suffering. I can’t sleep at night. I feel pains, itches, biting, scratching. I can’t sleep. I swear to God. I can’t sleep. I can’t do anything because the pains won’t let me get focused. The pain is terrible. It’s killing me. “I was referred to Eko Hospital from a Teaching hospital, to confirm if they have a radiotherapy machine because the doctors said that unless it is treated with the aid of a radiotherapy machine, it will keep re-growing. Later, Dr. Fadeyi referred me to India.