Mrs Happiness Ogar, a mother of three , who has been diagnosed of Fibro Sarcoma ( Cancer of the bone) has been in a critical condition after being referred to HCG Cancer Specialist Centre, India, for further treatment at the cost of N12 million.
The deplorable state of Mrs Ogar, wife of a former charitable and hospitable Councillor of Boki Local Government Area (LGA), in Cross River State has left her once vibrant and agile husband , Hon. Douglas Ogar who cannot afford the required N12million shattered and a shadow of himself. Hence, he is appealing to the general public to come to her aid.
When LEADERSHIP met Mr Ogar who is not ashamed soliciting for support to save his lovely, he disclosed that trouble started in 2018 when his wife who was pregnant then suddenly I noticed swolling around her left leg.
He said, initially, “doctors attributed the swelling to one of those pregnancy symptoms where most women’s legs get swollen. Not until we discovered that even after putting to birth, the swollen part was grew stronger and an X-ray was done to ascertain the actual cause of the swollen part.
Mr. Ogar explained that , “After the xray, the result showed that it was Fibro Sarcoma (Cancer of the bone). So findings were made and a biopsy was also carried out on the leg which was done in October 2018 and the result came out February 2019.
Mr Douglas Ogar explained further:
“The test was done and the result confirmed that is was Fibro Sarcoma which is Cancer of the bone. From there , it became a big trauma in the house and in my family particularly.
The doctors said there was the need for her to know her health status. Since she was informed about her health, she started dying slowly. The doctors said they will amputate the leg.”
“It took me months to manage her back to her normal self. We made findings , consulted different doctors and they said amputation was considered as the only option they have in Nigeria , due to absence of equipments for conservative surgery in the country.”
“But according to the doctor, he said , if we had money, we can be referred to India , UK , USA even though U.S.A and UK are expensive for such surgery, we agreed and settled for India, “ he explained
Depressed Mr . Ogar wasn’t satisfied with the consultations he had already made , so he went to a Turkish Hospital, and met with the Oncologist. Where the same case was confirmed they were again referred to India and they got the link with the hospital. He contacted them, sent her medical report.
“They gave us a treatment and cost plan which gave us an idea of what the treatment and cost would look like. And before we leave for the main surgery, there’s a need for chemotherapy for the cancer.
“As we are now, for the treatment and our stay in India , according to the treatment plan given to us by the hospital for 5-6 weeks, we are looking for the sum of N12m and above as the case may be.
“ I made appeal to almost everyone and groups I could reach but the response was very slow. Troubled, I turned my appeal to Nigerians with the help of AIT, Kakaaki Social and other social media outfits, including yours (LEADERSHIP). I have been able to raise something close to N1m, which is still far below getting the be required N12m.
As the days goes by , It is becoming an emergency because the time after the biopsy, it has started spreading and we are trying to avoid the spread to other parts of her body.
“I am using this medium to beg Nigerians to come to the aid of my wife, our aid. She just put to birth before we discovered destructive nightmare. our innocent baby who is still very tender is not getting that care she’s supposed to due to this sickness. Please Nigerians, save my wife. Help us,” he begged admist tears.
The ailing Mrs Ogar who wept bitterly and uncontrollably when LEADERSHIP Sunday sought to speak to her managed to reveal that aside the piercing pains associated with her condition, her marriage and life as well as her baby’s future was at stake.
She said, my life gets shattered as this the swolling continues. My innocent baby is a gift from God and shouldn’t be allowed to suffer. “Dear Nigerians, with a humble heart, please help in saving my life by contributing to help me travel to India for the surgery.
“My family has gone through a lot in trying to raise fund for my treatment, and my husband has used everything he has just to keep me going. Please I beg for your help to save my life through this surgery. I believe in you people. You can send your contributions to this Savings Account number: 0126338288 GTB with my name , Ogar Douglas Ogar .
May God bless you abundantly as you help in saving my life. God will continue to replenish your pockets in Jesus name, Amen. You can call 08130034799 for any information about me. Thank you,” Happiness who broke down in tears begged
Fibrosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that affects cells known as fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are responsible for creating the fibrous tissue found throughout the body.
Tendons, which connect muscles to bones, are made up of fibrous tissue.
When fibrosarcoma strikes, the body’s fibroblasts lose control and multiply excessively. This either creates fibrous tissue where it is not supposed to be or in excess quantities. Like other cancers, fibrosarcoma can spread throughout the body.
Fibrosarcoma is part of a wider family of cancers known as sarcomas. Other examples include, osteosarcoma, which specifically affects bone, and rhabdomyosarcoma, which specifically affects muscle.
Rarely, fibrosarcoma can occur in bone, but it usually affects the nearby fibrous tissue, not the bone itself.
Fibrosarcoma is not easy to identify by symptoms alone, not least of all because it shares symptoms with other forms of sarcoma.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, the symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas, such as fibrosarcoma, take a long time to appear. When they do appear, symptoms can include: Painless or painful swelling in various parts of the body, and especially the limbs, a cough or breathlessness dark stool, vomiting blood, irregular bleeding from the vagina and pain in the abdomen.
Fibrosarcoma affecting bones can be even trickier to identify by symptoms alone. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, symptoms of primary bone cancer include: Persistent pain in the area of the tumor, which might feel like a sprain or “growing pains”, swelling around the bone, which often does not show up until the tumor is quite large, difficulty moving a joint or limb, numbness in areas of the body, due to the tumor pressing on nerves and fragile, easily broken bones, as the bone has been weakened by cancer
Fibrosarcoma can occur throughout the body but is more likely to appear in specific locations, such as the soft tissues, than in others.
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