There are reports that the #SaveMayowa campaign that went viral and raised over $100,000 is a scam! Nigerians pushed a social media campaign to save a young girl, Mayowa Ahmed who had Ovarian cancer.
The online campaign said Mayowa was admitted in LUTH and needed $100,000 for surgery.
But Linda Ikeji reports that well before the campaign started, doctors had told Mayowa’s parents that her condition was beyond treatment anywhere in the world.
The LIB report reads:
This is such a sad thing for me to report this afternoon. Just two days after we were all happy that Nigerians kindly donated to cancer patient, Mayowa Ahmed, for surgery she needed for ovarian cancer, LIB just learnt that Mayowa and her family scammed kind hearted Nigerians.
You see, Mayowa is really sick. She truly has Ovarian cancer. She’s admitted at LUTH but she didn’t need money for surgery, because doctors had told Mayowa she was beyond treatment and no hospital in the world could treat her as she was extremely far gone. Mayowa had reached stage 4 and doctors, unfortunately, already told her family she won’t survive it and had advised them to take her home. Her family instead used her situation to raise money from Nigerians. The doctors in LUTH have also denied giving her family a medical report advising her to seek treatment abroad.
Toyin Aimakhu, who was one of those who spearheaded the fundraising, as you read this, is at LUTH right now with police officers. Some people also went to the family’s home and the place is locked up. Will share video from the scene at LUTH, involving Toyin and one other donor later…
#SaveMayowa raised over $100k on GoFundMe and millions of Naira.
Now, there is anger in the air just as there is confusion and disagreements on whether the family actually meant to scam Nigerians from day one.
Another report on BellaNaija however stated that hospital’s in the US had Mayowa on the medical list. Below are some correspondences from the hospitals, as published by BellaNaija:
Now, this is how Nigerians are reacting on Twitter:
Cos the public raised d fund,ppl want to now say family should just accept a death sentence on their child?Family won’t!
I think it’s the word of Nigerian Doctors against Americans.If a Nigerian can’t treat a case doesn’t it’s impossible elsewhere
pains me now cuz the next person that’s actually sick will not get a dime.
Regardless of whether
#SaveMayowa is a scam or not, it won’t stop my resolve to assist people in need if I can. To each, their conscience.
To me it’s not a scam. It’s a family fighting all they can for their daughter to live.
#SaveMayowa was a worthy cause on all counts.
#SaveMayowa arrive at the cost of operation if the doctors in Luth did not write any report to the Hospital in America
My tears and prayers was a waste,I feel cheated just wondering how those who donated to
#SaveMayowa feel right now
If the doctors at LUTH have given up on
#SaveMayowa, does that stop her family from ‘genuinely’ raising money to fly her out? I think not.
How come the so called Doctors at luth never said a word abt
#SaveMayowa being a scam, but talking now when people aidy contributed a lot.