There is anger and heartbreak in the air over reports that the #SaveMayowa campaign that raised over $100,000 from Nigerians is a scam!
Nigerians pushed a social media campaign to save a 28-year-old Nigerian, 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.
And what are Nigerians saying on Twitter? Many are bashing Linda Ikeji for rushing to label the situation a scam before official reactions from LUTH, Mayowa’s family as well as hospitals abroad which the family claimed to have contacted for treatment.
And there is a video on Twitter, showing Toyin Aimakhu in tears, regretting that she was used to defraud Nigerians.
— The_commentsection (@commentssession) July 28, 2016
However, another report on BellaNaija stated that hospital’s in the US had Mayowa on the medical list. Below are some correspondences from the hospitals, as published by BellaNaija:
And below are other reactions:
Linda Ikeji didn’t attach doctors report. Rushed to post story that is a scam. You see why bloggers some times tire me.
iˡᶤᶬᶤᵗᵉᵈᵉᵈᶤᵗᶤᵒᶰ® Retweeted Linda Ikeji
Anty Dr Linda Ikeji! Denier of miracles! Knower of beyond treatment! Shut up! Until som1 is dead,there is alwys hope
Cos the public raised d fund,ppl want to now say family should just accept a death sentence on their child?Family won’t!
Plus how can linda ikeji publish a story and call it a scam. Knowing well that a hospital won’t release patient information.
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
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.
Some people are just too gullible. One Idiot blogs rubbish about
#savemayowa and zombies follow without proper verification.