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Adamawa patient’s story inspires me’

Sani Abdullahi, the 25-year-old who offered to donate his kidney to a patient, Isah Hamman, said the touching story of how Hamman lost his kidney necessitated the gesture.

Hamman had lost his kidney in July after surgery was carried out on him for abdominal pain by one Dr. Hassan Yakubu at a private clinic in Yola.

A panel of medical team set up by the Adamawa State Government to investigate the doctor involved in the removal of the patient’s kidney, said in its report that Yakubu, who has been arrested by the police, was not competent to handle the surgery.

Abdullahi told us in Yola on Sunday that he heard about the plight of Hamman in the media and was so touched that he decided to “do something” to help the victim.

He said members of his family supported his decision to donate his kidney.

“My father is late, but my mother, who is still alive, is in support of my decision; so also my two brothers, Nasiru and Yakubu.

“We (family) were together in Kano at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital where the kidney transplant is to take place and they all gave their consent to the authorities in support of my decision,” Abdullahi said.

He explained that he had undergone some tests at the hospital and from all indications, his kidney would be acceptable to the body system of the patient.

Abdullahi, who was in Yola to receive an award by a local newspaper company, the Periscope, that has been following the kidney story, said that he was now waiting for the hospital to conclude all necessary tests and fix the date for the transplant.

Meanwhile, Governor Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa State had donated N5m for the transplant.

The patient is presently surviving through regular dialysis at the hospital.

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