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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update on Okiki: The child born without a skull

Okiki was born in 2010 without more than half of her skull, a rare medical condition called Congenital Cranial Deficiency. The people at Global Initiative for Peace Love and Care (GIPLC), an NGO based in Abuja raised the sum of N37m for Okiki's surgery. (If you missed it, read it HERE). Below is an update on Okiki from GIPLC
Okiki in the company of her parents and the Coordinator GIPLC, Mr Nuhu Kwajafa, left Nigeria for London enroute the United States of America on the 27th of April 2013. The journey had to be broken with a brief stopover in London since the doctors were not so sure if long stretch of flying from Nigeria to America will not affect the poor child adversely. They finally left for the Johns Hopkins Medical International on the 4th of May 2013. On arrival they were welcomed by the world renowned paediatrician Dr Ben Carson (and his team of doctors), whose blessed hands has done wonders and whom God will also use to work in restoring Okiki back to normal.
Right now a series of test and examinations are being carried on Okiki in preparatory of the epoch making procedure.

It is worthy of note that Okiki Olawuyi's surgery will be Dr Ben Carson's last major procedure
before retirement. It is also on record that Okiki's surgery ranks amongst the 9th most expensive medical procedure in the world  (source https://payerfusion.com/ceos-blog/10-most-expensive-medical-procedures/).

We thank Nigerians and indeed all who have made this possible. Indeed there is hope still for our great nation and humanity.

 

134 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nuhu kwajafa u are God sent....the love u have for kids is just so amazing.thumbs up bro

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

How heart warming...all the best to the little angel.

erimos said...

Thank heavens ,...1st to comment noni..

chimka melvis said...

I'm just glad she is in the hands of my mentor... Linda keep us updated. Lord let this journey be a success so Dr. Ben will retire with a big smile.

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RNC said...

Madam....it should be 'left for the United States of America enroute London'..... U wrote it the other way round #rme

Princess Inuaeyen said...

I wish d baby a very quick recovery IJN. Amen

Anonymous said...

God bless u baby and ur parent

odobo grace said...

Quick recovery and fast healing after the procedure i pray!

eddy michael said...

God bless Nigerians who donated generously for Okiki surgery. I pray she pulls through d final stay in Jesus Name.

Princess Inuaeyen said...

I wish d baby a very quick recovery IJN. Amen

LawAbidingCitizen said...

May God help us all

Anonymous said...

He is a neurosurgeon now!

Anonymous said...

Oh Lord I pray diz operation goes successful IJN. Amen! Empress!

mccoy said...

now dats a pair of "Gifted hand"

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson such a gift. God keep okiki iJn .

BONARIO NNAGS said...

wow! thank God for the successes recorded so far.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

ugo said...

GOd who started this good work will bring it to perfection!

amaka Anudu said...

So much love and I pray the baby will be safe.

Anonymous said...

May God see u thru (okiki) ijn
Remmymoses

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson is a Neurosurgeon not a pediatrician....

sarah said...

Am so happy,I just love Ben Carson God is really using good,good 2 knw Okiki is n sound health

Anonymous said...

God is good.

Anonymous said...

very inspiring,the doggedness of the human spirit
GOD BLESS YOUR HANDS- DR BEN CARSON
with GOD all things are possible

Anonymous said...

may d Almighty GOD c dem trou d operation,nd give wisdom 2 d docTors,wish ya d best okiki

Anonymous said...

Ben carson is a great man, Am sure is gonna use his gifted hand over our boy...

Anonymous said...

May God bless all those involved for giving a life to d poor baby.












Anonymous said...

Ben Carson is a Neurosurgeon not a pediatrician....

Anonymous said...

Our God wil do wonders,it is we'll wit u okiki

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Anonymous said...

I am very proud of you Nuhu..May Allah continue to bless you abundantly!

HotPie!!! said...

yayyyyyyy I'm first to comment...Wow Dr Ben Carson is the best in his field IN MY OPINION. she is safe in his 'gifted hands'

I pray to God that it all works out well.
Amen

@GenevraGolah

Linda post my commecnt oh.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord. Father pls save ur children. Our hope is on you Lord. Mrs.E.Okosun

Kayo-Sanya Kayode said...

....May it go all well and fine....

ada eze said...

The Lord is ur strenght little Okiki

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Linda for this information. I have been following all the processes leading to Okiki's planned surgery, to be handled by world renowned Neuro-Surgeon, Ben Carson. This evidently marks you out as an investigative journalist. Bravo! Please, keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

God bless the hands of the doctors, surgeons, nurses and everyone working to make her better

Anonymous said...

Glory be to God!

Anonymous said...

Nigeria, Good People Good Nation..I am touched and i thank God for the successful surgery. All thanks to Jah, Okiki would live to see another day

EMERALD said...

I wish the medical team success. May d good Lord intervene and make baby Okiki whole in spirit, soul and body. We are praying for U, Miss Olawuyi Okiki

Anonymous said...

To all who donated, may God bless u richly in Jesus name, Amen.. Okiki God will perfect U̶̲̥̅̊я healing to the glory of his name in Jesus name, Amen..

Anonymous said...

RHa!!! Where is Dr. Ben Carson retiring to???? Biko he shd continue 2 save more lifes!! Is he not d young man am seeing in dis pic. Bikoooooo ohhhh. Shout out 2 all Nigerian dat made dis possible....God bless ur soul!!!!

Obembe ayodeji said...

dr ben, go work your magic, GOD is ya strenght.

Anonymous said...

Okiki boi u r blessed frm above! Healing I wish u

dj's wife said...

glory be to GOD,GOD is great

Obembe ayodeji said...

dr ben carson, go do your magic

Anonymous said...

God be bless for his awesome mircle.

Anonymous said...

May God heal her through the man with d gifted hands.. Johns Hopkins!!!!! How I wish I can do my masters der..

Anonymous said...

Wow! Dr. Carson, now that's a man with gifted hands. I pray God brings forth another testimony through his hands. Speedy recovery for the baby. May God see them through.
Effie...

Kq said...

May God remember the family for good and heal her completely in Jesus name. Amen

Aroh Lyna said...

may God almighty guide d gifted hands 2 perform d surgery n may okiki com bck 2 us healthy n sound IJN... Amen

Tsema said...

Stories like this inspire and encourage me. God bless Nigeria

Myne Whitman said...

Wow, I read Ben Carson's book way back when. My prayers are with him and this baby.

Anonymous said...

Dear Linda,Ben Carson isn't a paediatrician,he's a neurosurgeon.#point of correction#...Here's wishing d child a successful surgery in Jesus name...Amen

Anonymous said...

God is. FaithfuLllllllllll. Sohappy.com.

abiola balogun said...

God bless err1 dat helped n dia own lil way even u linda God bless ur handwork..........may she survive d surgery.amen

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Thanks to all those who contributed towards τ̣̣ђё surgery. May God bless you all.

ebbony said...

Oh my dear ben carson. How very blessed u r indeed. Good to see u dis hail ns still doing Gods work. Okiki is a blessed child, God is using d best nd blessed hands on her case.same God will see her nd her family through it all. Long live Dr carson may God continualy bless everyting u do nd may your children children rip frm ur good deeds.Jhon Hopkins will truly miss u. Wat a man of faith.

Anonymous said...

Pls dr ben carson should not retire now oh.people like him are very rear to find nd in such a case,I think he is d best person to handle such operation.

Anonymous said...

GOD help dis child.

NEVAEH said...

Oh lord pls heal okiki in jesus name Amen!

Anonymous said...

Praise God for her life and good Nigerians that donated.God bless Dr Carson's gifted hands to work on her and all glory to God as we join in rejoicing in his retirement for a job welldon.

Olaleye Adisa said...

God is still a wonderful creator.

Anonymous said...

Dr ben carson an angle snt 2 us by God I pray 4 a suxeful procedure.nd my prayers re wit little okiki olawuyi.my first tym 2 commet nice job linda

Anonymous said...

With God through Carson, she's undoubtedly in safe hands. May God mke it a huge success!

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson! Dts so good to know. Okiki,av a successful operation. GBU.

Jenny Amy Akums said...

Oh dear! My prayer goes out to dis baby, may d surgery be a successful one nd may dis child come bk home normal, IJN Amen.

Quetifred said...

Hallowed be thy name oh Lord..kabiesi Olorun gbogbo aye..wonder worker.God bless Dr Ben Carson and his crew..

Sorem said...

hmmmm.....wsh u a smooth n hitch free operatn n very swift recovery Okiki

Anonymous said...

She is healed by his grace ......


Anonymous said...

*rare

Anonymous said...

God bless Dr Ben Carson and his unborn generations!! May Okiki become another sweet testimony ijn! AMEN!! We wey get good health, always remember to thank God!

Pregnancy Concierge said...

This is wonderful. Can we still donate?
I giggled a little because Okiki conjures up the name Mfufu for me...tee hee

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with the family. God be with them. meanwhile linda, DR Ben carson is a neurosurgeon and not a paediatrician. paediatricians do not operate

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with the family. God be with them. meanwhile linda, DR Ben carson is a neurosurgeon and not a paediatrician. paediatricians do not operate

ANYA IKENGA said...

The NGO don de decieve ppl de hammer from donations.

vicky paula said...

Indeed okiki z a blessd child. May d operatn b successful IJN.

Anonymous said...

This will surely be an art of God! I pray God will be glorified in the life of Okiki, perhaps he will take over from Ben Carson. Albright Benson

Anonymous said...

May God see you through!

Anonymous said...

It is well with her and she shall make it through in Jesus name. Amen. You shall stand out among your peers and generation. Amen.

Anonymous said...

May God see Dr.Ben Carson through the day he performs on Okiki,may His healing hands be upon her.God bless every one that donated.

Anonymous said...

Not to put a hole in the bubble but is this expenditure really necessary??? For 1 child????

Every day several children in Nigeria die from malaria and its complications. Several women die from pregnancy related complications and during the puperium. We record huge numbers in the number of deaths as a result of DM,HTN complications etc. I don't want to throw a spanner in the works. I wish Okiki well. I just think that this is a TOTAL WASTE of money and unnecessary propaganda.

And for the record, I am a practicing doctor.

Miz P said...

May God see her through and bless all who made dis a possible.Amen.

Anonymous said...

He's also ǎ̜̣̍ paediatrician! Itk

Anonymous said...

Na wa o. All these itks wey ful evrywhere. Ben carson iss also ǎ̜̣̍ paediatrician oooo. Haven't yu read his books? Gifted hands? Or better stil google him

Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous, ben carson Ȋ̝̊̅§ ǎ̜̣̍ paediatrician n ǎ̜̣̍ neurosugeon. Befor he became ǎ̜̣̍ surgeon,he majored in paediatrics first. So linda Ȋ̝̊̅§ nt wrng for saying he's ǎ̜̣̍ paediatrician. He's both. Thank me latr

Anonymous said...

Ben carson is a paediatric neurosurgeon

Anonymous said...

For real? Ǎ̜̣̍ practising doctor? And yu wrote all dat? Isn't one life worth billions of dollars? Hw can yu evn think like dat? So deyy shldav allowed the little baby to die bcos yu think its ǎ̜̣̍ waste of money? Yu'r sooo shallow minded... God save ur patients. Evry life Ȋ̝̊̅§ important!

Anonymous said...

Just looking for Ben Carson in d pix.. Silly me!
I love that guy!

God bless you dear Okiki.

Minimainimo

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 11.58 who is a doctor, we all know loads of children are dying everyday, but you can also agree with me that the WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, WORLD BANK, BILL GATES FOUNDATION, just to name a few, are all directing funds for the the course of eradicating malaria, or reducing deaths caused by malaria,reducing mother/child or infant mortality. The world at large is fighting tooth & nail to eradicate these deaths, It is only therefore appropriate and human not to allow one more die. If the money can be raised to save her, then why do u consider it a waste? the problem in Nigeria is not insufficient funds for complete eradication of malaria and other diseases, we should ask our Ogas @ the top the where abouts of the money.. And yes, I'm a Medical personnel like u too, and ve a masters degree in Public health from a Uk University, so i ve my facts and figures, evident based. '

Anonymous said...

Dear practicing doctor, if it were your OWN child, you won't be yarning the same dust you're yarning now. Even saving one child's life is important and FYI this surgery currently cannot be performed in any nigerian hospital. Do your research! So y dont u finish medical school and go become a brain surgeon in Nigeria ? Peace xx

A fellow practicing doctor

Anonymous said...

Dr Anonymous 11.58pm, TOTAL WASTE?? Please read your comments again. I don't believe you! Do you have children? Sure you have seen children lost their lives but they are "other" people's children so you can't be bothered. May I never experience such a heartless doctor in any of my visits to hospitals in Nigeria. What other options do you give Okiki's parents? Throw the child away? Or what advice would you give the NGO? Ignore that child and let her die? Or live with all the complications that come with her malformation which is no fault of hers. Doctors like you give wrong/ delayed diagnosis because other people are dying everyday so what's the big deal with your patients illnesses...I have lost a child before because of doctors like you, shame on you. That part of your heart that feels empathy and compassion is dead. Ask God to revive it.

Wishing Okiki's parents the very best in this trying times. I pray they overcome.

Anonymous said...

May miracle be done on Okiki. Btw Ben Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon, so, Linda is still correct.

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson, a really gifted fellow
God is faithful thats all i can say

Lucasbalo said...

Dr Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon.

Anonymous said...

@practicing doctor, Do you have children? If you do then you would not be thinking like this.37million is not too big to save one life. Yes thousands of children die from malaria etc, but if he was your child you will do anything to save him!!!

Anonymous said...

My Dear what do U Mean?Dis donation was raised via NGo specificaly 4 dis child.So u cn form ur own NGO & raise for oda pple,dats if u won't divert d money raised for ur persnal ambitions. By d way dis surgery is d 9th most expensive surgery in the world. I think u shld direct dat questn to d Nigerian govt & nt to dis NGO. By d way u aren't the only doctor in the world,I'm also a doctor.A help is a help,guess if it wz ur Child in dis situation u wld hv appreciated it beta

Eunice Braimah said...

Uhmm,l can imagine wat the parents are going through,ve been there before.l wish them God's strength to pull this through and dt little princess wil live a normal life till she goes meet her maker at a ripe old age.

God bless that organist ion IJN.

NennyD said...

Dr Ben Carson has always been my model....I pray that the Good Lord will grant Him and His team a successful surgery. May the Blessings of God go with you Okiki Love....You are a Child of great bright future.

Anonymous said...

Yes ooo,more luv n hospitality all along,1 luv man

Anonymous said...

May God grant complete healing to her...My kisses to Ben Carson......heeeeehaaaa

ladybugfly said...

And for the record,it is sad u r a practicing doctor.Very very sad.Even if u were not taught in med school as a seemingly sane being don't u have human empathy?Its cos of u the world is nasty!Bringing up issues like this under the wrong forum to the wrong people.Better change your perception and give back to society the best way u can and leave the rest to God instead of being bitter and full of pessimism then u wouldn't see it as propaganda

Anonymous said...

I read dr ben carson book wen I waz in secondary skul n d book taught me a lot of tins in life+plus d bby is well wiv u in jesus name amen

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Anyhow she wrote....the important thing is that we got the message. Stop making silly corrections here pls...especially on such humanitarian write up...

Nekky said...

wishing little Okiki a successful procedure. God will surely use the gifted hands of Dr.Ben Carson to wok wonders and the little one will live normally.
@Anon11:58pm practicing doctor, i can't believe you actually typed what you typed. so #37mil to save a life is a waste? you are mean and wicked.

Anonymous said...

God protect d baby wit LLNP.

Chinomso Omezurike said...

May God make the surgery a success in Jesus name. Little Okiki, the lord will surely do it for you.

Gaia said...

Anonymous@11:58 PM. You might be a practicing doctor but you sure are a heartless one!!! NO EXPENSE is too much to save one life! Because one life can NEVER be quantified in monetary terms!!! If it was your child nko Mr Doctor? Would you say na leave her alone to die, there are other children around dying from Malaria? "a TOTAL WASTE of money and unnecessary propaganda", SERIOUSLY??? Jeez, this has left me fuming... with doctors like this who obviously don't care about the sanctity of one life; our healthcare system is in trouble! Isn't that what you are meant to do? Save one life at a time? Is it possible to save them all at once??? Please do us a BIG favour and post your name "Doctor' so we know never to consult you... instead of posting as anonymous you unfeeling bastard and spineless coward! And for the record, I have never abused anyone on this blog before but i will make an exception in this case, soooooo pissed!!!

Anonymous said...

U're just a pure SADIst.

Anonymous said...

Mr Practicising Doctor (Anonymous May 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM)...keep practising ur archaic ways and don't go and learn how to become a "GREAT DOCTOR" Like Ben Carson...keep looking for ways to "manage" money. No one needs ur opinion whether the Money is a waste or not...are u a "TAX-Collector"? Please go and advise your Nigerian Government to have better Health-Care System. Maybe u'll appreciate how much is spent in saving ONE Life. Enemy of Progress like you> Please save a life TODAY. I wish u knew the value of Human Life.


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Anonymous said...

And to the doctor who thinks N37m is a 'total waste' to spend on a child, I bet if the baby was yours N37m would not even be enough... smh

Oluwaseun Sanni said...

God shall work through the hand of Dr. Ben Carson and the rest shall be well.

Charles Ukadike said...

May the Good LORD in His infinite mercies grant the team success in the surgery. Amen. I know there is nothing too hard for Him.

MOCHA said...

I know right, her grammar sometimes is amazing

ammeerrahh said...

Everyone here is just inspirational- The child's parents, for not giving up. Nuhu Kwafaja- making a good name and Ben Carson.

kk Mark said...

Am overwhelmed with nostalgia! Ben Carson book: gifted hands was what made me to be a doctor today, he is my role model in the medical proffession as a black.
May God use his gifted hands once again to give this child a chance to normal life amen.

dele said...

Would u jst stop this "first to comment" thingy??..Haba!..Linda dey pay u to comment?

Ndyyy5 said...

Baby Okiki and the parents will come back with testimony. The Omniscience, The Omnipotent and The Omnipresent God will surely do it for you, IJN, Amen.

Anonymous said...

God is awesome, who best to do it than his chosen one with the gifted hands Dr.Ben Carson. Thank you LORD. You have received your healing blessed baby Okiki. LORD do what only YOU knows how to do best, AMEN.

Anonymous said...

He is a peadiatric Neurosurgeon!

Anonymous said...

Also a plastic surgeon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus for putting her in a gifted hands! Please Lord perfect her healing and grant Okiki life, bless all who made it possible. IJN. Amen

Anonymous said...

Nuhu mehn, this warms the heart... God bless!

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson ....ooo I trust dat guy.okiki don't panic

Anonymous said...

I know God will see this baby through a successful surgery as they went to the right hospital. Just saw Dr Ben Carson's movie "Gifted Hands" and i will say God has definitely blessed him with the hands for healing.

Anonymous said...

@Anya Ikenga All you can think about after seeing evidence of the great work of this NGO is that they're deceiving people just to 'hammer'?people like you are what we DON'T need in the world.You're never satisfied and can't even appreciate an obvious effort. If you don't want to give,please don't but you have NO RIGHT to discourage others from doing so.I won't let you Run Nuhu's efforts like that, sorry soul! VOLTRON.

Anonymous said...

I think your medical license should be withdrawn with immediate effect. I would try to imagine you wouldn't say that if it were your own child in the situation, I'm so sure you won't mind all the sympathy in the world just to make him/her better. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for being so heartless,shame on you saddist!I bet people die on you because you choose who to treat.mscheeeeew!!! VOLTRON

Anonymous said...

Wit God and d gifted hands of ben Carson , she will be fine . Thank God 4 such NGOs. Tonia

Anonymous said...

Can anything good come out from Nigeria? YES!!!!!!!!
Nuhu Kwajafa and his team, GOD BLESS U ALL!!!!!!
I just can't find the right words to express my awe and respect.

Anonymous said...

God pls grant her a successful surgery

Anonymous said...

Grammarians witout money! Lwkmd..

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Inspiring story there. What occurred after? Thanks!


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