The amputated leg

26.01.2023 Featured 15-Year-Old Ekiti Schoolgirl Who Lost a Leg in an Accident Needs N3m to Walk Again — But Her Parents Can’t Raise It

Published 26th Jan, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

The doctors at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State, have said that Kemisola Afolabi (not real name) will need a prosthesis to be able to walk again after losing her left leg in a car accident.

Afolabi, a 15-year old student of Notre Dame Grammar School, was recently mowed down by a speeding vehicle while standing by the road after the close of school.

Instantly, her left leg, from the knee, broke into two, and one half separated from her body at scene. Scared at first, passersby rushed her to the hospital when they noticed the slight movement of her head. Initially, they thought she had died.

READ ALSO: 15-Year-Old Girl Returning From School Was Hit by a Car in Ekiti. She Lost Her Left Leg

“I want to be back on my two feet,” said Afolabi while speaking with this reporter.

According to the doctor in charge, artificial limbs are of different types and consideration is usually given to a patient’s age, health and other conditions, and the one fitting for Afolabi could range from N2,500,000 to N3,000,000.


Afolabi’s father, Olailo Adewale, informed FIJ that the hospital had said her daughter would need a prosthesis for the girl to walk normally after getting healed.

“We have spent more than N500,000 and the bill keeps increasing daily. I accept this as my fate and I pray God will help me. But it is exerting,” he said.

“The doctor also told us that we should start raising money to buy an artificial leg if we wanted our daughter to walk properly after recuperation. We are utterly distressed.

The amputated leg on the hospital bed at FTH Ido-Ekiti

“I do not have the money. I’m a poor welder. I also combine farming with my vocation just to keep life going,” Adewale said.

The 15-year-old girl also said, “My parents are really trying for me, but there are still some issues they’re unable to attend to. I am heartbroken.”

“What can a poor man and woman do?” she asked with teary eyes.

Appealing for help, Afolabi said, “I hope people will help me with whatever I need to stand on my feet again. Doctors have said I would need an artificial leg, which my parents can’t raise because of our poor living condition.

“I passionately appeal to Governor Abiodun Oyebanji and other good-minded Nigerians to assist me to get up. I believe there is more I can do if I am able to walk again aided by a prosthesis.”


Asked how the girl would continue her schooling after regaining her mobility, Adewale told FIJ that the family planned to enroll her in a school not far from home to lessen the mobility difficulty she could face.

READ ALSO: ‘Luck Ran Out of Me’ — Schoolgirl Who Lost Leg to Accident in Ekiti Narrates Experience

“What we intend doing is change her school once she gets well. Movement will now be difficult for her going forward and in order to reduce the stress, we would look for a suitable school in our neighbourhood,” Adewale explained to FIJ.

“This would help minimise the daily stress she is bound to go through while attending school.

“I operate this account: 0688023958, Olailo Adewale Michael, with GT Bank, and I can be contacted via 08149135270 for any assistance or clarification.”

“We value education as much as we value life. So, she would not stop her education because of this.”

Afolabi also spoke about her strong will to continue her education despite her challenge. “I want to become a meaningful individual in Nigeria through education,” she said.

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Published 26th Jan, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda


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