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TV Personality, Emma Ugolee, Recounts Painful Ordeal In An Indian Hospital

Veteran broadcaster, Emma Ugolee, recounts his ordeal in an Indian hospital where he had his kidney transplant and his sister’s kidney was swapped.

Pearl Emmanuel

Veteran broadcaster, Emma Ugolee, has never hidden his struggles with kidney disease. Former presenter of 'The Gist' on Hip TV finally underwent a fistula bypass surgery after coping mechanisms failed to help alleviate the sickness. Sadly, his kidney relapsed after a few months and he desperately needed kidney transplant and money to travel to India for the operation.

Emma went on to get the surgery and even thanked fans and specially appreciated Linda Ikeji for her generous contribution to his surgery. The TV presenter has shared the details of his kidney transplant and the battle that followed.

Excitement fueled my mind as my sister & I headed for India in 2012 for a kidney transplant. She was a perfect match for me and we were mighty glad about that. Adding to our joy was the fact that we were going to spend $30,000 for the entire surgery. About 10% of what was needed for same in America Google searches on the hospital’s records, all impressive. SUV airport pick up, intimidating hospital structures, 1st class treatment, all part of the packaged experience that would have the average Nigerian patient almost thanking Buddha for healthcare alien to his world. The teeming Nigerian crowd at the lobby was like a pilgrimage for the sick. The multi million dollar traffic from Nigeria is aided by hundreds of Indian marketing officials parading Nigerian hospitals in full collaboration with Nigerian doctors who get percentages in exchange for references. 6 weeks later we are wheeled out of the surgery room. A test called the creatinine test used to tell that the kidney was doing great was never passed. My fears were allayed by the doctor who said it would take a while. So we came home. Weeks later, the while never came. My doctor in Nigeria gets worried and orders a biopsy and a scan. The results to my ears in his words: “Emmanuel there is no way in God’s green earth that this is your sister’s kidney inside you. Not with size and functionality.” So it was that my sister’s kidney was swapped during the surgery. Made sense when the hospital among many others in India had to face a special committee investigating organ black market deals 6 months later, my legs are all swollen as I lay on my back for my 1st restart session of dialysis. And so the horror hit the refresh button for me to re-live. My story is one out of hundreds of Indian trips gone wrong. I am blessed to be telling my story. Many of my friends cannot because they died. I have no faith in Govt. so this post it not even hoping for her to act. I am just hoping somehow, that the fallacy that India is salvation for the sick is changed. It is a big business with the traditional Indian corruption at the core of it. Life often the sacrifice paid. Treatment is secondary. Examples abound.