Jubril Adebowale joined the Lagos State civil service in 1997, during the administration of former Military Administrator Mohammed Buba Marwa.
Mr Adebowale’s career progressed and life went on well for the civil servant, who is now attached to the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of the state.
But one day in 2017, he woke up with what doctors determined to be Critical Kidney Disease (CKD). Diagnosis showed that his two kidneys had failed.
He thereafter had a transplant, with his first son donating a kidney. However, two years later, in October 2020, that transplanted kidney failed as well.
Since then, he has been on dialysis with the hope of undergoing another transplant at Zenith Medical and Kidney Care in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, his brother-in-law, Fatai Oladoyinbo, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.
His employers, the Lagos State Government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu, then donated N8 million.
Upon arriving the hospital in Abuja, Mr Adebowale’s blood pressure was unstable and the procedure could not immediately proceed.
His Sp02 (oxygen saturation) was also less than 75%, instead of 92 to 98%., his in-law said.
Asides kidney failure, he also experienced gasping and shortbreathness, general body pain, insomnia and sporadic coughing.
As a result, medical experts at Zenith told him to undergo blood transfusion.
“We spent almost N2.5 million just to stabilise him”, Mr Oladoyinbo said.
The transplant bill, however, rose to N15 million ($30,060.12) and Mr Adebowale has since not been able to complete the balance of N7 million ($13,822).
This is due to continuous payment for dialysis and treatment.
Impact of disease on family
Mr Adebowale has a wife and five children who have been negatively impacted due to his illness.
His finances have suffered and he had to sell his land at Ota, Ogun State, to raise money for his treatment.
His wife has equally incurred debt from her bank and several other sources to keep fending for the family.
Upon donating a kidney to his father, Mr Adebowale’s first son who was in his final year at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic dropped out of school because he could not meet up with his exams due to the transplant procedure.
Mr Oladoyinbo on his part has been away from his family for over three weeks and and from his job at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), in Ogun state, just to take care of his brother-in-law.
He travels twice a week to FUNAAB, in Abeokuta, from Abuja, spending at least N114,000 each week.
Mr Adebowale also had to leave the Zenith health facility because he could not longer afford paying for the bed space which has drastically eaten deep into the monetary donations received.
Mr Adebowale’s family seeks support from Nigerians to donate N7 million to complete his needed transplant.
You can donate into his Nigerian account:
Jubril Adeyemi Adebowale, Polaris Bank 1012636820.