After many months of traumatic pains and anguish experienced by the Ajagba family, following the critical medical condition of their son, David, who was born with a hole in the heart, help has finally come their way, as a Catholic group- Saint Vincent de Paul offers to sponsor the child to India for the surgical operation.
VOC news had an encounter with little Victor’s mum, some few months ago, before this benevolence by the Catholic group. She narrated her ordeals, amidst tears: Victor was born like every normal child into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ajagba. Joy and thanksgiving heralded the arrival of this great child. But something was obviously wrong with the boy’s health as little Victor was always falling sick on a monthly basis. As a result, he and the mother, Felicia Ajagba practically spent most of their days in the Lagos state general hospital, Ikeja. Initially, everyone thought it was the normal illness that babies were afflicted with, but it was more serious than that. Three months after Victor was born, the family received a shattering news- Victor was diagnosed of having a serious health disorder: he was born with a hole in the heart!
According to Mrs Felicia, she has been visiting the hospital almost on a daily basis to get whatever treatment she could for her precious child. Victor is now 11 months old, and has been living with this condition for 8 months now. Can you imagine the pain and suffering that this little boy is going through? He needs about 2.6million naira to undergo a corrective surgery in an Indian hospital, and the poor parents can’t afford that.
Felicia, who is an Isolo primary school teacher earns about 12,000 naira as her monthly salary, and since the birth of Victor, she has not been to work owing to the delicate nature of his illness. According to her, “for about 8 months now, I’ve not been paid a dime. It’s a normal thing, because I have not gone to work for that period of time. I have to stay at home and nurse my son. Even if I was still working, how many years would it take for me to save 2.6million naira from the 12,000 naira I’m earning?” she lamented. Speaking further, she said “my husband is a security man, and I’m a teacher. Victor is our 5th child, and life has been difficult enough as it was. I hardly eat or think of any other thing, but the life of my child. No mother wants to see any of her children die, no matter how many she’s got. The doctors said I should look for 2.6million naira. I’ve tried everything possible, but just can’t raise anything. If I can give my life to save my son, I would gladly do it!”
Indeed, it was as if the cry of this hapless woman came up to God, and He moved in her favor. He caused men to show her kindness; the catholic group, offered to sponsor young David to India for the heart surgery, all expenses paid. This humanitarian group deserves a lot of commendation, because what they did was purely altruistic. Do you know that the Ajabga family are not even Catholics. According to Felicia Ajagba, the church she and the husband attend failed to help them during this predicament. She had even moved from one Pentecostal church to another seeking to curry the compassion of “men” of God toward her plight, but all she received was cold indifference.
What St. Vincent de Paul did to save the life of young David is indeed worthy of emulation by these prosperity “ infested” preachers and churches that inundate our religious landscape. Some body should please remind them that “ service to man is actually service to God”
God has caused young Victor to become “ victorious” over his health challenge. Vocnews therefore, wishes him well as the parent travels with him to India for the Surgery.