Nigerian singer, Nikki Laoye has sent out a public plea for help for young physically challenged lady, Kelechi.
A graduate of University of Lagos and self employed make-up artiste, Kelechi Uhegwu hails from Abia state and is the eldest of three Children.
Diagnosed with paralytic scoliosis at the age of 1, Kelechi has spent most of her life in and out of hospitals for constant treatment.
Now in her 20s and dealing with other effects of scoliosis such as unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips, a shift of the waist and trunk to the side, and an upper spine twist which has resulted to kyphosis and causes back pain, Kelechi needs corrective surgeries as early as possible.
Severe scoliosis further leads to Lung and heart damage as the rib cage may press against thelungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for her heart to pump.
Kelechi needs 15 million naira (£47,000) for two major surgeries in the UK to save her life and enable her walk. So far, different avenues have been created to raise funds for Kelechi.
On the 26th of May,2013 some Nigerian Artistes- Sound Sultan, Nikki Laoye, Kcee, Solid Star, HarrySong and a couple of other artistes organised a fund raising musical concert for Kelechi in Festac, Lagos.
Few donations have also been received but there is still a long way to go to reach the target required.
Soul Singer, Nikki Laoye who recently interviewed Kelechi on her radio show, “Girls Rock With Nikki Laoye” steps in once again to open up another fundraising channel for Kelechi via her foundation, Angel 4 Life Foundation.
Speaking about this, Nikki pleads to all –
“In the spirit of love and sacrifice shared and celebrated in this season, I would like to ask for your help and assistance towards the spinal reconstructive surgery for a dear friend of mine, Kelechi Uhegwu.
She is your sister, my sister and every little seed we give, will come together to give her a new chance at life again. Nothing is too small and may God bless you for your support today”.
You can send your donations to:
Account name: NIKKI LAOYE’S ANGEL FOR LIFE FOUNDATION
Account no: 0139296779
Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank
Kindly text 0809 4848 096 and indicate “Help Kelechi Walk” to notify us of your donation.
For further enquries or information, do call Bola on 0809 4848 096 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow on twitter: @A4LFoundation @HelpKelechiWalk @NikkiLaoye