By: Patrick Ochei
To many, sickle cell disorder is one of the major incurable and killer diseases in the world. It is said that experience is the best teacher. This explains the words of a 50 year old mother of five sickle cell survivor, Mrs. Bridget Ochuko Augustus, who has declared in the affirmative that sickle cell disorder is not a death sentence.
The 50 year old woman gave her testimony during the launching of the Delta State Sickle Cell Referral Centre at the Asaba Specialist Hospital by the First Lady of Delta State, Dame Edith Okowa under her pet programme – O5 Initiative.
Though other carriers of the ailment ranging from the ages of 68, 70 and other age brackets testified of how they conquered the Sickle Cell disorder; the account of Mrs. Bridget Ochuko Augustus appeared more intriguing.
According to her, she was diagnosed of the disease at the age of three months where her crisis started through tender years to University and then marriage.
She said when it was time to get married, she made it known to all her intending suitors that she was SS and could only accept an AA for marriage.
She affirmed that indeed God sent her a man of God just because she didn’t lie.
Madam Bridget narrated that when it was time to make babies, her family became apprehensive because doctors had given their verdict, that giving birth could only be by CS and it would be 50/50 chances.
The hilarious Sickle Cell Warrior as she was called, posited that she held unto her God, even when the husband was almost losing faith. She said that while the doctors were still contemplating on the possibility of getting her operated, the baby came pushing and it was just a miraculous delivery.
The gospel singer confirmed that against all odds, she gave birth to five children without CS, until she appealed to her doctors to help her put a stop to the babies that kept on coming.
Madam Augustus however, stressed that her surviving the ailment came with a huge price, supported by family love and care.
Her words, “There is a lifestyle for sickle cell patients who want to stay healthy and alive. Sickle Cell Disorder is not a death sentence.
As for me, in the past nine years I sleep regularly in a mosquito net. I eat natural food, cooked by me and no opportunity for junk. I live happy at all times; and above all, I hold my God closely as my only help, strength and healer”, Mrs. Bridget Augustus narrated.
Advising others going through the challenge, Madam Augustus implored them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and never wait to breakdown before taking care of themselves or seeking help.