Your Child Has Only Three Days To Live, doctors at ABUTH told Mrs. Fagbamigbe
A Mum’s Testimonial on the administration of a supplement she’d never heard of, on a very desperate occasion …
By Ayoola Olajide, General Editor, Sickle Cell News
The doctors gave out no hope about my son ever recovering from his paralysis – he had a few days to live anyway. I felt we had nothing to lose in trying out a product I’d never heard of …
Madam, Please introduce yourself:
My names are Bolutife Fagbamigbe***. I am 61 years old. My husband and I knew nothing about genotype when we got married so long ago. I am a pensioner and I love to farm as a hobby.
At what age was your son diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia?
He was diagnosed in September 1979, when he was just six weeks old. The haematology report said: SS+F. I still don’t know what it means.
What were the circumstances of his diagnosis?
We went for BCG when he was six weeks old. Immediately after that, he had what I later knew to be ‘sickle cell crisis’. I took him back to the Teaching Hospital. His blood level had dropped drastically. He was transfused. Later, tests were carried out and I was told he was SS.
Do you have family members with sickle cell?
Yes, my step-sisters. I think my parents were carriers – most of us have the problem.
***not her real names
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