But after all efforts to ensure Mubarak lived, death snatched him away from his family, friends and loved ones on Wednesday, January 23.
His father, Alhaji Kamardeen Abdul-Mojeed, last two weeks had sought assistance for the boy’s surgery in an Indian hospital after he had spent more than N3m on his medical bills.
He had said the cost of the surgery at Apollo Hospital, Chennai, India, was N5m..
PUNCH Metro had reported on January 11 the pathetic story of Mubarak, who in company with his mother, Sikirat and his brother, Ridwan, were involved in a road accident in 2011.
On the fateful day, a ‘learner’ driver allegedly rammed his Sport Utility Vehicle into a Keke NAPEP (tricycle), conveying the three of them.
The Jeep owner and a passenger in the tricycle died on the spot.
In the accident, Mubarak, who was an SSS 1 pupil, was diagnosed as suffering from the paralysis of both lower limbs.
He was also said to have had difficulties in urination and defecation because of the spinal cord injury he suffered in the accident.
Abdul-Mojeed, who broke the news of Mubarak’s death on the telephone on Thursday, said the lad died on Wednesday at Amazing Grace Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
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