By Mustapha Usman, Kano
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has footed the bill of kidney transplant operation of 22-year-old Nayif Ismail at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Kano.
Mr Ismail has been battling with severe kidney disease for two years as both organs have been damaged, a situation that prompted transplant.
The patient, a Quranic school teacher, is now undergoing dialysis twice a week at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Hospital in the Kano metropolis and is in critical condition.
The emir, who visited the patient at the dialysis unit of the hospital on Tuesday, said all arrangements have been completed for the surgery at the AKTH.
The monarch ordered the chief medical director of the hospital to facilitate immediate transfer of the patient to the teaching hospital for commencement of the surgery.
“We have made all arrangements for his surgery at AKTH. You should please transfer him immediately to the hospital for the commencement of the operation,” the emir ordered.
The emir also pledged to continue assisting the poor in every aspect of life, urging the wealthy individuals to use their fortunes in providing succour to the needy.
In his remark, the chief medical director, Usman Aliyu, told the emir that both kidneys have been damaged and that the only way solution was the transplant.
“He is supposed to be having three dialysis a week but due to financial problem, we have resorted to two per week as his condition degenerated,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Mr Nayif, despite his critical health condition, presented a gift of Holy Qur’an to the emir in appreciation.
Mr Ismail’s brother, Asad Ismail, also thanked the emir on behalf of the family.
“The emir has fulfilled our dreams of seeing him get transplant. We thank him for this kind gesture. Only God can reward him. We also thank everybody for your support,” he said.