The touching story of a Nigerian pastor living with a bullet in his skull for the past 14 years after an armed robbery attack has left many people in serious shock.
Pastor Simon, was a staff of NEPA and on that faithful day, he had closed from church when he got a call that there was a fault at a transformer somewhere at Katsina Ala street, he and a friend/colleague, Mr. T, went to check it out. They had finished fixing the fault and were on their way home when they ran into these robbers.
The police were alerted and they responded. In the course of the exchange of fire which ensued afterwards, Pastor Simon got hit by one of the bullets. The bullet went through his left ear and went right into his brain.
He was taken to Madonna hospital where he was referred to Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery in Enugu, he went there and it was conferred by a CT scan that the bullet was resting in his skull. He was told a surgery at that time was a grave risk to his life and also the hospital was not sufficiently equipped to have one at that time successfully.
He was placed on medications which cost at least N5000 a week, and was asked to return to the hospital to be checked regularly. His wife told me they couldn’t continue with both due to lack of funds, Since he was no longer working at the time, it was difficult to keep up with it so they stopped at some point.
He had lived with the bullet in his Skull for 14 good years now. He suffered partial deafness and his speech is impaired since then and can only communicate by gestures and writing on a paper now using his left hand to learn since the incidence since his right side is paralyzed all because of the bullet.
However, despite his condition, Pastor Simon is still a devout Christian and a dedicated father, his devotion to God is simply endearing. He has not let his condition prevent him from serving God. He is always in church for services and he sweeps, goes to the market and does several other chores his condition can allow.
Mr Simon was at first opposed to an idea of appealing to support on his behalf so he could have the surgery. He said he has left everything to God. I told him God does not come down in form of a cloud these days to help his people, he sends his help through people or someone, and I may just have been God’s messenger to help him out of his condition.
Nigerians and good people all over the world, I believe we understand how abnormal it is for one to live with a foreign object in his body, let alone a bullet sitting right in the middle of one’s brain.
I am appealing to us all to help Pastor Simon have this surgery so he can be well again, I am also appealing to those representing his constituency both at the state and Federal level to please come in and help him.
As it is we don’t know how much the surgery will cost but any one with useful information about the cost of the surgery and alternative place where it can be carried out successfully may do well to share with us.
Pastor Simon needs another CT Scan to ascertain the position of the bullet and then the surgery to make him better. He needs money, and I am counting on you all to help him have that surgery.
You can send your various contributions or donations to his wife’s Account found on the philanthropist’s Facebook page.