- The life of a nine-year-old primary student, Comfort, suddenly took a terrible turn on Wednesday, July 28, 2022, when she fell into a canal
- Despite the way her health is presently fragile, her parents have been unable to raise money to pay her medical bill
- Comfort is battling pains and has since lost so much weight while hoping help comes for her soon
A nine-year-old primary four pupil, Comfort, fell into a canal on July 28, 2022, in Odogbolu town of Ogun state.
The girl suffered a broken leg and has been reduced to lying on her back since then as her parents cannot afford to give her befitting medical care.
Legit.ng’s Sola Sanusi visited the young girl and her family in their rented apartment. She spoke with Comfort, her mother and grandpa.
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While the grandpa, Johnson, explained in detail what happened on the night his granddaughter fell in the canal, Comfort’s mother was too emotional to speak.
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How Comfort broke her leg
Narrating the event of the night of Wednesday, July 28, Mr Johnson said his granddaughter with two of his other sons had left home to attend a vigil between 9.30pm and 10pm on a motorbike.
He said they were accosted by some mean-looking men who they felt were kidnappers, so the three ran for their lives in different directions. While the older two kids made it home safe and sound, little Comfort was nowhere to be found.
Grandpa told Legit.ng that a search team was immediately put in place that night and all their efforts were in vain to locate the girl. The search continued the following day but in the wrong direction.
How Comfort was found alive
In the morning of Thursday, July 29, people of the community woke up to their usual daily activities of sweeping and emptying their dirt and refuse in the canal that is gradually eating up houses built close to it. The early users of the canal unknowingly poured their waste on the little Comfort, which probably brought her back to life as she cried out for help.
As at the time, the people of the community were aware her people were searching for her, so a message was sent to them and arrangement was made to bring her out.
It took the joint effort of about four well diggers and young men in the community who chained themselves together to bring her out. Comfort was weak and could no longer stand on her own as she had broken a leg and lost a lot of blood as a result of being left unattended to for hours.
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Medical care for Comfort
Legit.ng learnt that Comfort was immediately rushed to Atayese Hospital in Efiyan, Odogbolu, where first aid and some suture was administered, after which she was referred to Ijebu Ode General Hospital.
Did her mother take her to the referred hospital? No. Rather, they went to a local bone setter because they could not afford the medical bill. The bonesetter initially asked for N150,000 and later N250,000 which they could also not afford.
Comfort is presently at home and can barely sit down for a long time as she lies mostly on the bed. She has lost so much weight, the same as her mother.
During Legit.ng’s visit, Comfort wanted to use the toilet and the mother had to carry her to ease herself. It was a very pathetic scene as she cried as every touch hurt.
Security man who broke his leg
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But unknown to the 29-year-old young man, tragedy, which is above all plans, struck during a road crash on May 27, 2021. And since then, the young man's existence has been left in shambles.
Hale and fully agile Oseni, who lived at No. 10 Soetan Street Owode, Sango Otta Ogun state, said he boarded a motorcycle heading to his workplace when he was hit by the misfortune of life.