Daughter of veteran actress, Sidikat Odukanwi better known as Iyabo Oko who was pronounced dead on social media during the week has cried out for help to enable her mom get better.
The actress daughter, Adebisi Odukanwi told Punch that they need financial assistance from Nigerians in order for their mother to survive.
“As a family, we would appreciate it if Nigerians and my mother’s colleagues could give financial support to get her extensive medical care outside the country which, according to her doctors, would make her hale and hearty. Although we expected to get enough financial support for her medical treatment when we did a fundraiser for her on social media after a part of her body got paralysed a few months ago, we were only able to raise a little amount of money. Meanwhile, we spent about a million naira at the hospital.
“My mother had been suffering from a partial stroke since 2015, and we flew her to India for proper medical treatment towards the end of 2016. She was in India receiving treatment until early 2018 when we brought her back to the country after she was discharged. We spent millions of naira for her treatment in India and we didn’t get any external support from anyone at the time because we didn’t inform anybody, including her colleagues. (After the treatment), she was doing very fine for over a year until she began to show some symptoms of sickness and we had been managing it until she became partially paralysed a few months ago. We then had to do a fundraiser but we were only able to raise a little amount.”
“My mother stopped breathing around 9pm on Wednesday (January 5, 2022) and we thought she was dead, so I made the announcement on my Instagram page as we grieved. I was however stunned when she moved her arms at about 1am on Thursday. We have done our best to make her get better and we have spent millions in the process, but we cannot afford extensive treatment for her at the moment because that would require taking her out of the country again. That is why we need financial support from everyone— her colleagues, the government and citizens.” she said