• Miss Sonia and her father, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, during her graduation in 2019
Sonia Ekweremadu, ailing daughter of the detained former Nigeria’s Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has appealed to members of the public to come to her aid and save her life.
Her father, Senator Ekweremadu is currently being detained at the United Kingdom after the aborted move by the family to obtain another kidney for her. Her mother, Beatrice, who was also arrested in London, had been granted bail.
The 25 years old Sonia, a graduate of Media and Communications, University of Coventry, wrote on her Instagram handle @soniaekw yesterday that she dropped out of post graduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2019 when she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease.
She made a passionate appeal to anybody who may be pleased to assist her willingly with a kidney donation in the name of God to indicate by writing her through her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her post on Instagram reads:
*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 email@example.com 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.
Senator Ekweremadu, a Law Professor, and his wife Beatrice were arrested by London Metropolitan police since June 23, this year and were charged to court for alleged offenses bothering on organ harvesting and child trafficking involving a 21-year-old Mr. David Nwamini.
According to the prosecutors, the couple has a daughter who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for some time. They added that they believe the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter who needs a kidney transplant.
In a turn of events, David Nwamini (alleged victim of trafficking) told doctors he was 15 and was coerced by the Ekweremadus into donating his kidney.
However, the Nigerian government said all its records show that Mr Nwamini was not a minor and was 21 years old. Following numerous evidences tendered before the court, the Westminster Magistrate Court in the United Kingdom later ruled that Nwamini is not a minor.
But while Mrs. Ekweremadu has been granted bail by the court, her husband, Senator Ekweremadu, was held in detention as he was denied bail.
While the trial is yet to commence fully and Ekweremadu has been denied the liberty to source another kidney donor for the ailing daughter, her health condition is said to have deteriorated. hence the urgent appeal for a fresh kidney donation to save her from untimely death.