TV producer, actor and script writer, Segun Oke fondly called Toyobo is in urgent need of public support for an urgent operation yet again. This follows a relapse of previous operations of leg injuries sustained in an auto accident in 2003.
He shared his story with Adetutu Audu of The Nation newspaper.
October 3, 2000 will remain indelible in the heart of producer of popular Nigerian television show, ‘Labe Orun’ – Segun Oke, fondly called Toyobo. That was when he had the accident that has left him bed-ridden and taken him away from his source of livelihood.
Toyobo’s 18-passenger commuter bus had rammed into a trailer at about 7.30pm around Berger Long Bridge on the Lagos Ibadan expressway, while attempting an over-take on that fateful day. He woke up in a hospital along with several other passengers to find out that his two legs were badly affected.
Toyobo was on his way to Ibadan to cover an event for a Fuji artiste when the incident happened. Unfortunately, the accident happened when doctors were on strike, hence he couldn’t get immediate adequate attention.
He said, “After three days in the hospital, my legs began to rot and I had to be taken to an unorthodox bone-setter’s, where I spent six months before I was discharged.”
Being a family man, he could not afford to be bed-ridden, hence he sought more help. Luck smiled on him in 2013, when he met the managing director Slot Systems, Nnamdi Ezeigbo, who funded his trip to India for surgery on both legs. One of the legs however did not get back in shape, even after the operation and he has been managing it since then.
Two years after, Toyobo seems to be back to square one. The legs have started swelling again and he is in excruciating pain.
“I am unable to go out again. For the past three months, I have not been able to continue with my progamme. My doctor, Dr. Arora of Columbia Asia Hospital, New Delhi, told me in India that it is better for the legs to be amputated and I could be using prosthesis, but the fund was not enough. At the moment, the pain is killing and I have decided to accept my fate and have the legs amputated.” He said amidst tears.
During the operation, he said he had to undergo bone grafting, following damages to the bones of the leg, hence bones were taken from his waist. The bad news however is that the grafting has been infected, giving him only two options: undergo another bone grafting operation urgently or amputate the leg and affix an artificial limb.
He thus needs $20,000 for another medical trip to India.