Currently, she is not feeling strong as you can see from the picture above, she needs your help, yes, your help will be supportive to her with fixing her two eyes and ears, remember, your time will come so help...
At the first encounter with her, this fair-complexioned lady exhibits no physical disability. Rather, she presents all the physical features of a young, healthy lady who possesses all it takes to win a beauty pageant.
But call to her from behind or while she’s not looking in your direction, beautiful 27-year-old Miss Folashade Oluwaseun Kokumo will not in the least respond to you. This is not deliberate. She has hearing impairment which she has been grappling with since the age of two! She goes about oblivious of the happenings around her.
Her case is compounded by the fact that she’s an orphan: she lost both parents as a child. So severe is her hearing challenge that she finds it very difficult to compose a complete sentence. Doctors say her ears could not send the signals required for her to compose speech. Her only option when she wants to communicate with people is by writing whatever she wants to say on paper.
In spite of this hearing challenge, the brilliant young lady has been able to weather the storm of life, especially in academics. Kokumo, who is an indigene of Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State, has been able to complete her Ordinary National Diploma programme and is currently a Higher National Diploma 1 student in the Department of Business Administration at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. She attained this feat because of the scholarship offered her by the authorities of the MAPOLY for two academic sessions.
She said, “My predicament began at the age of two after an illness. My parents suddenly realised that I could no longer hear. Later, a speech impediment was also discovered. My parents made valiant efforts to take me to various hospitals for treatment and when it was finally ascertained that the only possible cure for my hearing impairment was N3.6m cochlear implant that would take place in India, they lost all hope because they couldn’t afford it.
“Subsequently, I have struggled from primary school to the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where I am currently a Higher National Diploma 1 student of Business Administration. To say the journey so far has not been easy would be an understatement. The successful completion of my National Diploma was solely with the help of a hearing aid I purchased five years ago with the assistance of well wishers who perceived my doggedness and zeal for success in life. However, at the twilight of my ND programme, the hearing aid was damaged and it had an adverse effect on my academic performance.”
The crux of the matter now is that she needs about N5.38m to correct this hearing challenge —N380,000 to purchase a new set of hearing aids and N5m to undergo ear surgery in an Indian hospital. The hearing aids would give her temporary relief from the excruciating pain she suffers currently and also assist her in attending lectures and listening to what the lecturers are saying to the entire class.
Confirming Kokumo’s urgent need for hearing aids and surgery in India, the Director of the Nigerian Army Audiological Centre, Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. Irene Okeke-Igbokwe, in a cover note attached to the receipt issued the patient in August, said the N380,000 was required for the purchase of the pairs of the Siemens behind-the-ear hearing aid and batteries, while a cochlear implant in India would gulp about N5m.
Okeke-Igbokwe’s cover letter reads in part: “Physical examination revealed a healthy looking young lady without any physical defects. Otoscopic examination revealed clear canal and both tympanic membrane intact. Audiological investigation on Pure Tone Audiometry revealed bilateral severe to profound sensoneural hearing loss ...Source