Joy Eseoghene Odiete professionally known in the entertainment circle as Jodie, a Nigerian singer, has written an open letter to Nigerians in which she laments the difficulties of raising a child with special needs in the country.
The ‘Kuchi Kuchi’ singer wrote in the letter that her son’s health condition, cerebral palsy, had depleted her finances.
She claimed her friends have persuaded her to kill her son since she constantly borrowing money to care for his welfare.
Jodie further explained that her son’s condition was created by the hospital where she gave birth to him and that she now needs to work a variety of jobs to support him.
In her words;
“My finances have been swallowed. My friends have abandoned me because I’m a beggar. My debts are new every morning.
“My head is heavy. My eyes hurt, because I cry every night. Don’t wait for singer of Kuchi Kuchi to die first before you do a memorial service while her child is left to suffer. Do not spend a dime when I’m dead. Do all you can about it now while I’m alive. I beg you Nigerians.” She said.
“Special needs children do not eat normal food. Special needs children need a lot of medical, emotional, etc care. Special Needs children require the help of well established world-class organisations, because it is not their fault that they were born that way.
“In my case, the hospital I delivered my son had a hand in it. I blame myself for not going to a general hospital. It is past. There is nothing I can do about it now.”