A minor, Zaid Usman, who was diagnosed with a hole in his heart, needs urgent surgery to correct the heart defect that has affected him since he was six years old.

PUNCH Metro When Zaid’s condition worsened, he was rushed to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital in Kaduna State, where he was admitted with symptoms such as recurrent body swelling and associated progressive breathing difficulties.

After Zaid’s admission on February 25, 2022, the 14-year-old, who spent six months in hospital, was later referred to Tristate Hospital, Lagos State.

Zaid’s mother, Maimuna, said during a conversation with our correspondent on Saturday that her son’s heart condition started several months after a bicycle accident.

She explained that she noticed her son was having trouble breathing, adding that tests conducted to examine Zaid revealed that he had a hole in his heart.

Maimuna said: “Sometime in April 2021, my son suffered a bicycle accident and was taken to Nigeria Air Force Hospital, Kaduna, for treatment. He was later fired.

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“After about four months, I sent him to buy something, and when he came back, he started breathing heavily. I quickly took him to NAF Hospital, and we were referred to Barau Dikko Hospital, Kaduna, where he was admitted because his legs and abdomen were swollen.

“After doing the necessary tests, we were told that he was born with a hole in the heart.”

The victim’s father, Ibrahim, said the Kanu Heart Foundation had agreed to fund his son’s medical bill at a hospital in India, adding that he and other family members have made the effort to donate N3.3m. to pay for Zaid’s medical travel and expenses for their stay in India had failed during the treatment.

He said: “What Zaid is estimated to need is about N7m. However, we got a brother who has linked us to the Kanu Heart Foundation, who has promised to sponsor my son’s surgery and medicines.

“The surgeon is in India at Narayana Health Hospital. The plane ticket, food and hotel accommodation which is N3.3m is our biggest problem.”

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Zaid, writhing in pain as he spoke to our correspondent, called out Nigerians for help.

“I want Nigerians to help me with the surgery, I want to go to school and become a doctor,” the minor said.

Zaid’s parents appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to save his life, adding that donations should be transferred to his FCMB account number, Zaid Usman, 9321529017.

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