A young boy had his chances at leading a normal sexual reproductive life in adulthood snatched away as an infant. The circumstances surrounding the whole incident where his penis was hacked off are still quite grey.
Apparently he was about 4 – 6 months old when the incident occurred.
At the time, his mother, a nurse, was staying at Abaji in Katsina Ala Local Government Area (at a health establishment) of Benue State for her practicals. On that tragic morning, it is reported that she left him in her room and went a short distance away to fetch water. Upon her return a few minutes later, she observe that the baby’s cries were much louder than usual. She picked him up to find him bleeding heavily through his shorts. She quickly took them off to discover his genitals had been cut off.
Now she was staying in the quarters with only one other person, a female colleague of hers whom she had called upon to watch the baby while she fetched water. This colleague claimed ignorance of the situation, claiming she had nothing to do with it and did not know who had done it, despite the fact that the baby was essentially in her custody when the tragedy occurred.
The boy’s mother took the matter to court where the ‘colleague’ was tried and convicted.
Now, despite the fact that justice has taken its course the boy, now about seven, has to relieve himself squatting and may never be able to function biologically like a man without surgery.
This child deserves better. We can all pitch in and help TERNDER ZEGETYEV to live a normal, healthy life. Worse cases have been successfully attended to and Johns Hopkins Medicine International has indicated that the bill for such surgery will range from $45,000.00 to $50,000.00. This amount comes to about 7.5 to 8 million naira.
The mother cannot afford it but we collectively can.
If TERNDER’S story has touched your heart to a point where you are moved to help, we are very happy to receive any assistance you can give, be it in cash or in kind.
Please be assured that a special joint account will be opened in the child’s name and I will be a signatory as well as the child’s mother, that way no one has access to the funds without the other’s knowledge and every penny is duly accounted for. Let’s give TERNDER ZEGETYEV an opportunity to lead a normal life because we can.
God bless you.