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12-year-old battles facial tumour, family seeks help

An Ondo State resident, Tope Ajayi, has cried out over the deteriorating health of his son, Femi, who is currently suffering from a facial tumour.

The 12-year-old has battled the pain and swelling for over three years and has yet to begin his secondary school education due to the ailment.

Tope, who resides in Ikare in the Akoko area of Ondo State, revealed that Femi started developing eye pains when he was nine years old.

In a phone conversation with our correspondent on Monday, the sad father said, “He’s been battling the ailment for three years. It started in late 2019. It started like a pimple on his face close to his eye, and it always hurt him. So my wife pressed it, and before we knew it, it started swelling.

“Before the swelling began, we always pressed the boil as we thought it was a pimple and a water-like substance always came out from it. Gradually, it started swelling. Then we were told that he would undergo an operation.”

According to Tope, the family had tried to manage the situation by getting painkillers and trying herbal medicine but sadly, none of these could proffer a solution to the worsening situation.

Tope said, “We got drugs from pharmacies to alleviate the pain. Then one of my father’s friends brought a leaf that we should place on the swelling, but whenever we did it, it caused our son to cry because of the pain. So that was not the solution.”

The family finally took Femi to Mount Zion Hospital, Ikare where he was diagnosed with tumour and charged 500,000 for surgery, to make him live a normal life again.

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According to Tope, the family could not raise the money, and he pleaded with the general public to assist the family in raising the fund for the operation.

Contributions can be made to the account below:

Account no: 2119756263

Account name: Ajayi Tunji Sunday

Bank: United Bank for Africa (UBA)

Mr Tope can also be reached on 09127259499

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