Efena Otobo's Restoration Fund

£173,458 of £170,000 goal

Raised by 662 people in 35 months
My name is Kome Otobo and I live in London, England.

On the 21st day of April 2014, one single catastrophic event completely altered my sister's universe.

My sister tells the story from her heart, in the write-up below and in the video titled "Efena's Story: Overcoming paralysis one step at a time".

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b_EqzhtJWNU

A reckless driver caused a horrible car accident that had immediate and severe consequences.
After numerous tests and scans, the diagnosis given was a complete T4 spinal cord injury which in 'regular person speak' meant I could not feel anything from the waist down, plus there was very little chance of ever walking again.
My family, friends and I were beyond devastated because we were told that the road to recovery would be long, hard and punishing.

My life came to a screeching halt and I was torn from everything I knew.
I was an Asset Manager at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with a background in Economics and Politics (BSc.) from the University of Bristol, England and a concentration in Development Studies (MSc.) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
I loved travelling, writing, poetry, art, architecture, the world of movies and TV shows, running, yoga and Pilates.
Now with this prognosis, being labelled a paraplegic meant I was confined, restricted and immobilised.

Suddenly, I was a baby once again.
I had to re-learn how to sit up and balance at the edge of the bed, be taught how to dress myself and I had to learn how to roll over.
It seemed like a never-ending nightmare I could not escape from.

Physiotherapy became a constant and I spent hours in hospital gyms and rehab facilities trying to build up my upper body strength, learning how to execute perfect transfers from the wheelchair to any surface and preventing my leg muscles from dying.
Without the tireless guidance from the physical therapists and the aid of the different breakthrough assistive devices and technology such as standing frames, exoskelton machines that enable me to walk etc., I would not be where I am today.
To get the best chance of total recovery from my current state of paralysis, I desperately need specific equipment that I can use at home.
Continuous use of rehab programs at Wellington Hospital, London, Project Walk San Diego and Beyond Therapy, Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia has been essential but the bills have been, and continue to pile up.

This GoFundMe campaign is aimed at securing the funds to:

1. Purchase an exoskeleton which is an assistive device that enables me to stand and walk.
By using an exoskeleton on a regular basis, my muscles and nerves in my legs and brain will begin to 'wake up' and get strong enough so that reliance on the machine to walk will become a distant memory.
The cost ranges between $80,000 - $100,000.

2. Buy the Whill motorised wheelchair which will enable me to transport and wear the exoskeleton for outside excursions.
The current wheelchair I own is too narrow for the exoskeleton to fit.
The Whill costs about $10,000.

3. Acquire a standing frame and other necessary rehab equipment needed on a daily basis to ensure the maintenance of core and arm strength, flexibility and bone density which are steps towards full recovery. Cost of standing frame and other equipment $12,000 - $15,000.

4. Pay for rehab costs and  travel expenses till year end $55,000 - $65,000.

(N.B. All costs given are conservative estimates)

I need your help while on this journey to total healing. Every single cent and penny counts and will be directed towards any future rehabilitation costs and purchase of physical therapy equipment.

I will include periodic updates of my progress, equipment purchases and rehab milestones.

Thank you all in advance for your kindness, generosity and open hearts.
With each donation, prayer and well wish sent, I pray a blessing falls on each and every one of you.

With all my love,

Efena Otobo
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Update 13
Posted by Kome Otobo
25 months ago
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Merry Christmas! We Reached Our Goal (A Short Letter of Heartfelt Gratitude)!

Dear Awesome People,
Thank you to all the amazing angels that donated to my campaign through various acts of love. We wholly appreciate the sacrifice and generosity. Without you, we would have never not only reached, but exceeded our target of £170,000.

So a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! I pray that great blessings fall on each household this season. Y'all are truly, totally, unarguably, undeniably awesome!!!! Thank you! Thank you! A million times Thank you!

Love,

Efena Otobo
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Update 12
Posted by Kome Otobo
27 months ago
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Hey y'all,

Tomorrow I shut down this wonderful fund raising campaign. It has been an amazing 8 months experiencing your big hearts and generous spirits.

Thank you all so much for being such an inspiration. Without y'all, I would not be where I am today.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Love,

Efena
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Update 11
Posted by Kome Otobo
27 months ago
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Dear Fabulous People,

One week left till the end of this fundraising campaign.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you all!

Love,

Efena
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Update 10
Posted by Kome Otobo
28 months ago
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Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your kindness, generosity, love and support. Two and a half years have gone by and I still cannot fully convey my gratitude and express my excitement for things to come.

Practically all the physio equipment has been bought with your awesome donations - the Whill, a standing frame, a plinth, free weights, etc. Doctor's visits and medical supply costs are being covered. Living expenses are taken care of.

The journey to total restoration continues and all I ask is that you send us healing thoughts and prayers whenever you can.
The campaign will be shutting down soon as we get nearer to the end.

Thank you again for being angels of support and benevolence. Thank you for being so awesome.

Love y'all,

Efe
Where I began (2014) - Me Now
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Vanessa Oluwole
35 months ago
2
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The Lord will perfect everything concerning you. Keep fighting, you are victorious my powerful woman.

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Andrew M. Dairo
35 months ago
2
2

wish you speedy recovery. may GOD's love and his covenant commitment of peace never fall apart in your life. Amen,

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Vicky Ilevbare
35 months ago
2
2

Send you love and positivity Efena. Stay strong and keep shining. All challenges have already been overcome.

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Karin Hacker
35 months ago
2
2

I too battle with mobility. Your strength is inspiring. I'll try to save a bit of $ for your recovery and will donate soon. In the mean time ......I wish you success in all you do.

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Bola Odulate
35 months ago
2
2

Just wanted to send you hugs, love and wish you all the best.

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Peju Adebajo
31 months ago
1
1

Awesome inspirational. Let's see what God will do next to show his glory to the world through you!

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Adeola Odutola
31 months ago
1
1

May you be fruitful in all your endeavors, may the Lord surround you with favour as a shield. God bless you, Efena real good.

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Efe Eruotor-Pat
32 months ago
1
1

saw mama on channels....the Lord is with you, Efena.

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Abdsemiu Tope Oyetunji
32 months ago
1
1

...the Lord is your strength sis. Verily with every hardship comes Ease!!!

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Richard Kome Akpotareno
33 months ago
1
1

my utmost joy is that you are alive to be a great source of inspiration to multitudes. thanks so much for putting a smile on your face amidst so much pain. May Gods Grace uphold you....

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Chukwuka Ozor
35 months ago
1
1

Receive CRACE! to stand strong in this trying time. God's grace, strength and love will see you through. You need the bible as a constant companion at all times. Jesus loves U!!!

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Yetunde Iriah
35 months ago
1
1

Keep fighting daughter of Zion! Your king is on the throne.! Love and kissess xxx

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Sally Udoma
25 months ago

So glad you've made the target. You've truly earned it through your faith and positivity! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

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Orowo Edet
27 months ago

Dear Efena, This is truly inspiring and a great source of inspiration to always rise above seeming setbacks or limitations. I believe strongly in God's unfailing love and support at all times. Your mother was an amazing boss to work with, I learn't a lot from her.

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Victoria Majekodunmi
27 months ago

You have fought a good fight,Efena .FBFM women belive the good Lord will bring about the expected end!We love you!Keep your joy and smile! Thanks to all who responded to this appeal.

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Vanessa Oluwole
35 months ago
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The Lord will perfect everything concerning you. Keep fighting, you are victorious my powerful woman.

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Andrew M. Dairo
35 months ago
2
2

wish you speedy recovery. may GOD's love and his covenant commitment of peace never fall apart in your life. Amen,

+ Read More
Vicky Ilevbare
35 months ago
2
2

Send you love and positivity Efena. Stay strong and keep shining. All challenges have already been overcome.

+ Read More
Karin Hacker
35 months ago
2
2

I too battle with mobility. Your strength is inspiring. I'll try to save a bit of $ for your recovery and will donate soon. In the mean time ......I wish you success in all you do.

+ Read More
Bola Odulate
35 months ago
2
2

Just wanted to send you hugs, love and wish you all the best.

+ Read More
Peju Adebajo
31 months ago
1
1

Awesome inspirational. Let's see what God will do next to show his glory to the world through you!

+ Read More
Adeola Odutola
31 months ago
1
1

May you be fruitful in all your endeavors, may the Lord surround you with favour as a shield. God bless you, Efena real good.

+ Read More
Efe Eruotor-Pat
32 months ago
1
1

saw mama on channels....the Lord is with you, Efena.

+ Read More
Abdsemiu Tope Oyetunji
32 months ago
1
1

...the Lord is your strength sis. Verily with every hardship comes Ease!!!

+ Read More
Richard Kome Akpotareno
33 months ago
1
1

my utmost joy is that you are alive to be a great source of inspiration to multitudes. thanks so much for putting a smile on your face amidst so much pain. May Gods Grace uphold you....

+ Read More
Chukwuka Ozor
35 months ago
1
1

Receive CRACE! to stand strong in this trying time. God's grace, strength and love will see you through. You need the bible as a constant companion at all times. Jesus loves U!!!

+ Read More
Yetunde Iriah
35 months ago
1
1

Keep fighting daughter of Zion! Your king is on the throne.! Love and kissess xxx

+ Read More
Sally Udoma
25 months ago

So glad you've made the target. You've truly earned it through your faith and positivity! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

+ Read More
Orowo Edet
27 months ago

Dear Efena, This is truly inspiring and a great source of inspiration to always rise above seeming setbacks or limitations. I believe strongly in God's unfailing love and support at all times. Your mother was an amazing boss to work with, I learn't a lot from her.

+ Read More
Victoria Majekodunmi
27 months ago

You have fought a good fight,Efena .FBFM women belive the good Lord will bring about the expected end!We love you!Keep your joy and smile! Thanks to all who responded to this appeal.

+ Read More
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