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Pakistan: Toddler with ‘elephant trunk’ nose whose mum is branded a “curse” by relatives in desperate need of life-changing surgery.

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A brave toddler whose nose is bigger than the size of two tennis balls is in desperate need of life-changing surgery her family hope will save her.

Fifteen-month-old Asiya Manghrio suffers from frontonasal encephalocele, a condition where her brain tissue grows out through a defect in the skull.

It has left Asiya, from Sanghar in Pakistan’s Sindh province, with a trunk-like nose that leaves her unable to eat properly and constantly crying.

Her heartbreaking condition has seen her branded a “curse” by some of her relatives.

Her parents had taken her to a medical centre in Karachi where several doctors examined her case.

Mum Fatan Achar, 23, had to sell her only gold bangle to arrange money for travelling 160 miles in a local bus to reach the hospital and paying for doctor’s bills.

However, because of the vast number of cases already lined up, the doctors could not admit Asiya immediately and instead asked the parents to wait for at least two months for surgery.

Dad Achar Manghiro, 27, who works as a daily wage farmer and makes only £100 a month, said the wait is worrying him as he thinks he might lose his daughter if the tumour is not removed on time.

Achar said: “We travelled over 160 miles from their hometown to Karachi in a bus and showed Asiya to several doctors who said only a surgery can treat our child.

“They said there is no other way to remove the tumour from her face.

“But they did not give us any immediate dates for the surgery and told us to wait for two months, claiming there are already too many cases in the hospital awaiting surgery.

“Due to the lack of crucial funds I cannot take my daughter to any private hospital either.

“We are desperately waiting for her surgery. It is painful to see our daughter in such a condition.”

Besides the physical pain, the poor parents have to also go through emotional turmoil every day because of their ‘defected baby’.

Fatan said her in-laws have branded Asiya a “curse” and treat both of them badly.

She said: “Asiya was born through a caesarean delivery and had a swollen nose. Within few months, her nose started growing at an abnormal rate and now its size is bigger than a tennis ball.

“Due to the large weight and size of the nose she cannot eat properly or sleep well and cries incessantly.”

“My in-laws have branded me a curse. They show a very strange behaviour towards me. They even taunt and curse me for giving birth to a defected baby.

“I had to sell my only gold bangle I had to afford travel expenses to Karachi from Sanghar.

“It is very heartbreaking that we have to go back to Sanghar and return after few months for Asiya’s surgery. We will not be able to bear the travel expenses again and will have to lend money from relatives.”

Neurosurgeon Dr Lal Rehman, whom Asiya’s parents consulted at Jinnah Hospital, said: “Asiya’s is a known case of frontonasal encephalocele. It’s a congenital defect.

“Currently the condition is not causing her any trouble in breathing but the tumour can cause serious problems and grow even bigger if left untreated.

“Surgical correction is the only treatment for this condition.”

Both Fatan and Achar are hoping to get help from government for an immediate life-saving surgery to remove the tumour from their daughter’s face.

Fatan said: “We cannot afford going to a private hospital but cannot see her in pain.

“All we want our daughter is to live a healthy life just like other children and have a bright future. And surgery is the only way possible.”

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Again, Gorilla Swallows N6.8m in Kano Zoo.

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Another trending but shocking story is the claim that a big Gorilla swallowed N6.8 million in the Kano Zoological Gardens during Sallah celebration. 

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According to reports in the media, the Chief Revenue Officer for the zoo, when approached, said on Wednesday, that the said money, approximately six million, eight hundred and twenty thousand naira, was money realised as gate fee from fun-seekers who had visited the zoo during Sallah celebration  to watch the animals.

A local radio station in the state, Freedom Radio had reported on Thursday that one of the finance officers it spoke with had said that one huge Gorilla sneaked into their office and carried the money and ran away, where it went and allegedly swallowed the close to seven million naira.

Also, when asked, the Managing Director of the zoo, Kashekobo, confirmed the development to newsmen but, however, said that he had nothing more to say about it other than that the matter was under investigation.

 ” the issue is under investigations for now and I don’t want to say anything concerning the matter. Many journalists have met me on the issue but I don’t want to say anything. All I can say is that the money got missing.” 

Also, confirming the report, the Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said the matter was under investigation.

It would be recalled that in February 2018, one Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Benue state, had claimed that a huge snake swallowed N36m, which the board made from sale of scratch card.


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Uganda: 80-year-old Man Mobbed Over Rape.

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80-year-old David Aporu from Kotoluk village in Kidongole Sub County in the eastern district of Bukedea was reportedly stoned to death for defiling a two-year-old girl. 

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Aporu was killed on Thursday morning by a mob after accusing him of being a serial defile, and the latest was done while her parents were in the farm.

In an interview with newsmen, the area LCIII chairperson, Mr Samuel Okurut said though Aporu had become a problem to locals for his continuous offences (defilement), but condemned the Mob’s act.

“I don’t support defilement but what happened is bad. They (mob) should have left justice to take its course by taking him to police. What the mob did was bad.” 

Mr Okurut said upon return from the fields, the girl’s parents found her crying and bleeding profusely from her private parts.

“When her mother tried to ask what had happened, the girl just pointed at Aporu before she made an alarm that attracted other people. In the past, police arrested Aporu more than thrice on defilement charges but would release him under unclear circumstances,” he added.

His body was taken to Bukedea Health Centre IV mortuary for postmortem before it’s given to relatives for burial.
Mr Ezra Tugume, DPC Bukedea condemned the act, accusing the community of taking the law into their hands.

“We have launched a manhunt of all those who participated in the mob justice. They will be taken to court to answer murder charges,” he added.


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