Kidney Failure: Journalist Needs N12m for Transplant Urgently



Mr Donatus Duru, lying on the bed in the hospital.


The family of Mr Donatus Duru, a 54-year-old journalist, is pleading for financial assistance from members of the public to enable him undergo an urgent N12 million kidney transplant.


Mr Duru, who is the chairman, Editorial Board, Independent Newspapers, Lagos, is on renal treatment due to kidney disease. He is currently on dialysis at the Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada Lagos, and is in dire need of your financial support for kidney treatment and transplant.


According to his wife, Mrs Stella Chima, her husband had been battling Kidney failure among other co-existing diseases including comorbidities, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia for sometime.


She shared a photo of her husband in a hospital bed and wrote that his kidneys failed him recently and he’s looking for help.


Mrs Duru lamented that her family can no longer cope with her husband’s medical bills. She said average dialysis costs about N40, 000 per session which translates to N180, 000 per week, inclusive of procedures, investigations, medications, and dialysis proper.


While thanking the management of  Independent Newspaper for their unwavering support since Duru was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2019, she bemoaned the cost of managing his condition which has now deteriorated.


In an emotion-laden voice, she said, “My husband would soon undergo another dialysis on Wednesday and would need  blood booster and blood transfusion, among other things.”


A letter signed by Dr. A.A. Busari, Consultant Nephrologist for Medical Director/CEO, General Hospital, Gbagada, dated 5 August 2021, and addressed to Daily Independent, confirmed Mr Duru's ailing condition.


The letter partly reads, “Re: Duru Donatus (M/54 Yrs), Hospital Number: 372497, Medical Report. The above is a known patient of the Nephrology unit who was initially admitted in 2019 and was initially managed as a case of Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease.


“He was subsequently placed on twice-weekly Hemodialysis and other nephrology care. His condition has, however, deteriorated into End-Stage Renal Disease and he will require a renal transplant. Kindly render all necessary assistance.”



Making a passionate appeal, his wife said, “It is with utmost humility and respect that I, on behalf of my husband for your kind intervention and assistance in raising N12 million to facilitate the surgery. Cheques and monies are payable to his account with the following details:


“Duru Nnanwa Donatus, Zenith Bank, 1000722103″.


Mr Duru can be reached through his mobile telephone numbers: 07062151375 and 08059218946.



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