I remain overly grateful to Rotary – Aniagu J. Chukwumaije
I have heard in the past the humanitarian works of Rotary. But my attention and delightfulness about Rotary and Indians increased after my family became a beneficiary through my daughter who had open heart surgery courtesy of Rotary eClub One, USA and Rotary Club of Belur, Kolkata, India.
So like eagle, my eyes never miss to catch anywhere I see Rotary. Hence on 4th September 2021 around 2pm, I came across a banner written “Rotary District 9142 welcomes Shekhar and Rashi Mehta” at the De Dome Event Centre, Enugu. The picture of an Indian on the banner helped increased my curiosity. To inquire further I met Rtn Dan Abubakar whom I shared my story and he was so delighted and invited me to the program to share my testimony. I had to call my wife to get the kids ready.
How our journey to India began:
My daughter, after her first birthday started having recurrent fever and bluish decolouration of her mouth and finger nails. We went to University of Nigeria Teaching hospital Ituku/Ozalla (UNTH) were she was diagnosed of a heart defect which can only be corrected through surgery. Of course this was a big shock to us especially as we could not afford the surgery.
We started reaching out to individuals, friends and NGOs. Luckily Rotary eClub One came to the rescue. The Club President then, Dr Buchi Akpeh stepped in and made payment through the Rotary Club of Greater Nigeria, for the surgery to be done at UNTH on 10th November 2018.
But the USA surgeon, Prof Maqsood Elahi who was supposed to perform the surgery at UNTH said it is not possible to have the surgery done at UNTH, she cited lack of sufficient medical backup at the hospital. Realizing this, the Rotary eClub One started sourcing for assistance on our behalf. Rtn Harshad Ravia posted it on Facebook and Rtn R.K. Bubna of Rotary Club of Belur picked it up. Hurray we had help!
Immediately, we started preparations to travel to Narayana Super Specialist hospital Howrah. We arrived at Kolkata India on the 25th of October 2018 and were heartily received by Rtn R. K. Bubna. The surgery was done successfully on the 2nd November 2018.
Notwithstanding that our mission in India was for my daughter’s surgery, we were treated no less than royalties. I cannot forget the exquisite delicacies of the wife of the then President, Rotary Club of Belur (Rtn Rameshi Tiwari). The care and love from Rotary eClub One and that of Rotary Club of Greater Nigeria are beyond what words can describe.
I remain overly grateful to Rotary
Mr and Mrs Aniagu J. Chukwumaije
Enugu State, Nigeria