Hello everyone, the purpose of this GofundMe is to help raise funds for Eldora Ogechi Ossai’s cancer treatment. Together, we can help her beat this cancer!
My name is Jessica Ossai and I am Eldora’s younger sister. Let me share a brief story about Eldora.
Eldora is from Ishibe village in Oguta, Oguta L.G.A., Imo state, Nigeria. A daughter of Late Kevin Ifeanyichukwu Ossai aka (Ice Water) Agbati Ossai’s granddaughter. Few months after Eldora’s National Youth service Corps in Nigeria, Eldora had plans to start a great career and have a great life. She was a vibrant and adorable 25 year old young woman until she became ill. She had uncontrollable cough, night sweats and a small swollen lymph node on her neck. She had an X-ray, and a CT-Scan Chest which showed a huge mass that had covered her heart. She had a successful open-heart surgery to remove the huge mass (Mediastinal mass) that was growing in her heart. Sadly, the test reports came out positive for Stage 2 Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma so, she started treatment in Nigeria. She was poorly managed and had several relapses. She was flown out of Nigeria to India for proper medical treatment by our retired and widowed mother. Our mom has spent all that she can including her retirement benefits. She has sold everything that she had, just to make sure my sister’s life is saved.
The lymphoma caused a huge mass on her neck which made her stay indoors always and she refused to be part of any family photograph. With all these, Eldora has never given up and she believes that she will be cured.
In India, Eldora was planned for INJ Bretuximab Vedotin but because of the high cost, we have agreed to start INJ Nivolumab ($19,000 for 6 cycles) and go further with Allogeneic Stem Cell transplant ($46,571) so that she can be cured which is $65,571 in total. Her doctor has explained that the cure rate of the chosen treatment is very high. He added that she needs to start the treatment as soon as possible because cancer cells grow very fast when not attended to. We have no insurance, and the financial burden is very great on my family.
Currently, Eldora is having serious pains and she is very sick because she has not started the new line of treatment advised by her doctor. She can’t eat or drink because she is not able swallow properly. She has had a drastic weight loss.
I was able to persuade Eldora to let me make this GoFundMe because she is facing mental and emotional distress. She has lost lots of friends along the way, she has not been able to go to work because she is always in the hospital and even almost got addicted to pain killers that help relieve the pains that comes with lymphoma.
Eldora and I are spending Christmas away from family again, in the hospital. Please let us help make this, the last Christmas she will be spending in the hospital so that she can be around the people that she loves, free of health complications and unburden by financial hardships. I also want Eldora to be cured so that I can continue my education and career, which I kept on hold to be with and care for my lovely sister.
Everyone knows Eldora for her smiles even when in pain. She never lets anything affect her smiles, but nowadays, she hardly smiles because she keeps on thinking about the financial burden on my family and how her treatments funds will be gotten. We all love Eldora and we want her to be happy always. I don’t want my sister to die please. Please your donations and shares will go a long way to save my sister’s life. Kindly find attached, the treatment invoice from the hospital, and some of Eldora’s pictures. Thank you all for your donations, God will bless and replenish your pockets and reward you abundantly
- Onyemma Obiekea
- Christopher Ochijeh
- Joseph Nwobi
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