My case of nephrotic syndrome is a genetic illness and the doctors advised against donation from any of my family members, as it would likely reoccur. In the time that my father has been incarcerated, he has been diagnosed with acute kidney damage.”
By Adesuwa Tsan
365Daily – Ms. Sonia Ekweremadu, the daughter of the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has disclosed that her father has been diagnosed with acute kidney damage.
Sen. Ekweremadu is being held in detention by British authorities for allegedly engaging in human trafficking and organ harvesting.
The Lawmaker and his wife, Beatrice, were both previously held for sponsoring the travel of a Nigerian to the United Kingdom to donate a kidney to their daughter, Sonia, who needed a transplant, under circumstances that violate British laws.
While Mrs Ekweremadu was released on bail, the Senator has remained in custody pending the determination of the case by the court.
In her Instagram page, @soniaekw, on Monday, September 12, 2022, Sonia urged the public to save her life by donating a kidney to her. She disclosed that though there were willing members of her family who wanted to make the donation, she was advised by her doctors to look out of the family for a replacement because she is suffering from a rare kidney disease, FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome, which is genetic and may be present in other family members.
Her post read: “*APPEAL FOR KIDNEY DONATION BY SONIA EKWEREMADU*
“I, Sonia Ekweremadu, hereby appeal to the general public to come to my aid and save my life.
“I am 25 years old and a graduate of Media and Communications, University of Coventry. I dropped out of my post graduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2019 when I was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, FSGS Nephrotic Syndrome. My family has battled to save my life and has taken me to various hospitals, but the illness persisted and kept degenerating. I am alive today by the special grace of God. I am presently in London, UK, receiving 5 Hours of dialysis 3-4 times a week. This is at the expense of my family as I am not qualified for NHS due to my immigration status.
“The last 3 years have been extremely challenging. The charges being faced by my parents in London presently, are directly connected to my illness and have complicated matter for me and my family. I do not intend to delve into details of this unfortunate development as the matter is still in Court. I am however optimistic that the truth will prevail and it will end in praise to God.
“In the circumstance above, I am appealing to anybody whom it may please to assist me willingly with a kidney donation in the name of God.
“This appeal would have been utterly unnecessary as every member of my family is eager to donate their kidney to me, knowing that I would do the same for any of them. Regrettably, comprehensive medical examination showed that my case of nephrotic syndrome is a genetic illness and the doctors advised against donation from any of my family members, as it would likely reoccur. In the time that my father has been incarcerated, he has been diagnosed with acute kidney damage.
“Anybody that is moved by this appeal and wishes to donate his or her kidney to me may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include his or her name, phone number, email address and place of residence.
“Please, note that under the laws of England and Wales, organ donation must be purely driven by compassion and therefore no reward is involved.
“Finally, I have decided to commit and dedicate myself to helping people with the challenges of kidney disease, upon my full recovery.
Thank you and God bless you.”