9th October, 2013
Ailing veteran Nigerian actor, Olukayode Odumosu, popularly known as Pa Kasumu, has cried out to Nigerians to come to his aid and save him from death.
Odumosu made the plea while speaking with P.M.NEWS Showbiz Trends in his Mushin, Lagos, residence.
The thespian currently battling a life-threatening Bi-Ventricular Failure (a heart and liver condition) and Parkinson’s Syndrome urgently needs N12million for treatment abroad to correct his endangered internal organs.
“I want all Nigerians to help me out of this unfortunate situation that I find myself. I wouldn’t have bothered anybody with my problem if I am still agile and can move here and there to do my job, but unfortunately I couldn’t, as the sickness has weighed me down. I don’t have any money any longer after exhausting all my savings, as well as sold most of my properties.” the actor said, sobbing.
Narrating the genesis of the ailment, Odumosu said it all started in 2008, when he visited his family doctor for a checkup after he noticed some strange feelings. According to him, at the clinic, the doctor conducted a series of tests which produced uncomplimentary results. He was then referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, for a comprehensive assessment. At LUTH, they later discovered that his heart, kidney and liver were not functioning properly after months of various examinations.
“Since 2009, I have been undergoing major cardio treatment in LUTH three times a week. Some times in a day, I will have between four and eight tests, and all these test were very expensive with some as high as N150,000,” Odumosu explained.
PMNEWS Showbiz Trends learnt that Odumosu had to sell his BMW car and two plots of lands to raise money for his treatment. He even had to travel to Cairo, Egypt. He said so far, he has spent over N4million in search of solution to the ailment.
“We are shocked to hear of Kay’s ailment. He has never really complained to anybody about this, as we discovered that he has quietly managed the health problem without bothering anyone. Though, I know he is ill but never knew it was as grave as this,” Jide Kosoko, Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioner, ANTP leader told P.M.NEWS Showbiz Trends.
According to Kosoko, rather than wait to raise money for funeral, the ANTP has already set up a committee to see how they can be of help in bringing Pa Kasumu back to good health, while appealing to all Nigerians, especially Lagos and Ogun States government to come to the aid of their dear colleague.
In 2011, news went viral that Pa Kasunmu had suffered a stroke. But he bounced back and was even present at some events until recently when the ailment relapsed, especially with the Parkinson’s becoming more pronounced.
For kind-hearted Nigerians, corporate organisations and Governments which would want to help the actor stay alive, his bank details are: Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu.
Diamond Bank plc Account number: 0036059543.
And for those who will love to reach him on phone, his telephone numbers are 08033535159 and 08096762254, while his son, Tunde, can also be contacted on 08174435105.