October 10,2003 began like any other day, but it was one that would remain indelible in the mind of Daniel Emori, a former salesman with a table water factory on Onitsha, Anambra State. It was the day a violent encounter with a runaway cow changed his life and turned him into an invalid.
For the past 13 years, he has been lying on his back due to a cervical fracture he sustained when the cow butted into his back with its horns.
Emori, 34, said he was working as a sales truck driver in 2003 when the accident occurred.
He narrated that he had just gone to supply some table water to a customer at Fege market, when the incident happened.
He said, “I was working with Rico pharmaceutical company and I was asked to deliver some table water to a customer at Fege market. I was alighting from the truck when a runaway cow hit me in the back with its horns and I was lifted up in the air and landed on my back.
“People rushed to my aid and attempted to lift me up, but I could no longer move any part of my body; I was rushed to a hospital and the next day, referred to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, where the scan result showed that I had a cervical injury, (C6-C7 spinal cord injury).
“For 13 years now, I have been lying on my back just because of a cow that I did not know how it came my way. Life can never be more cruel.”
He said that the hospital demanded N75,000 for treatment, but he could not afford it, prompting the management to discharge him after two months. With nowhere to go and no assistance from any quarters, Emori was taken to his village, Adadame in Cross River State.
But shortly after his arrival, a violent crisis broke out between Adadame and the neighbouring community, Amego village in Ebonyi State over a land dispute. At the height of the crisis, Emori’s family members and other villagers ran away, abandoning him to his fate.
“I started posting things about my situation on Facebook when Rev. Charles Ashiedu of Lifelink Outreach Ministries, Asaba, Delta State contacted me. In January, 2014, he visited me in the village and when he saw my condition, he sent N40,000 with which I chartered a vehicle that brought me to Primus Hospital, Abuja,” Emori said.
According to him, Ashiedu also paid N50,000 hospital admission charge and another N200,000 for medical examinations, adding that the Good Samaritan further paid N1.6 million for a spinal cord surgery which was successfully carried out by the hospital.
After the surgery, the hospital recommended physiotherapy and discharged the patient. Emori explained that the cleric rallied round him and got him a rented apartment at Jikwoyi, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.
“Shortly after, Pastor Ashiedu rented another apartment for me at Jahi, behind Next Supermarket and also engaged a carer, whom he placed on a monthly salary to take care of me,” he stated.
Though, Emori, said his condition had improved as he is able to move his head and arms, he needed further surgeries to strengthen his hips, knees and ankles which seem to have atrophied due to lack of use for 13 years.
A letter from Optimal Health Centre International Ltd., dated May 15, 2015, said Emori required $19,500 for the first phase of his treatment involving skin grafting and debridement and orthopaedic intervention in Saket City Hospital, Delhi, India.
The second phase would gulp $20,400. It involves trunk strengthening and abdominal muscle tightening, upper limb functional strengthening, range of motion improvement in lower limb, assisted standing (with standing frame) and independent sitting. “For the third phase, the patient would go to the United States for robotic exoskeleton (estimated at $80,000), acquiring a motorised wheelchair, estimated at N2.3 million and a ripple bed estimated at N80,000.
Emori pleaded for assistance from philanthropists, including the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade and other compassionate individuals. He could be reached on 08098929156 and 08086387108. Payment could be made to his bank account; Daniel Emori, Fidelity Bank account number, 6160829205; UBA account number, 2072008766.
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