ACTOR JAMES UCHE’S AILMENT WORSENS, SAYS COLLEAGUE

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NOLLYWOOD actor, Prince James Uche, is in critical condition, as doctors battle to keep him alive.

Speaking to The Nation on Thursday, a family source said the actors had it so bad after his blood level dropped to five percent.

Prince Uche has been down with kidney disease for over two years.

Speaking with our reporter afterward from his sick bed, the actor who was barely audible on telephone said he is praying to stay alive.

“My dear I am still alive,” he said.

“No problem; I am just praying,” he added.

Recently, the Abia State Government, the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and his wife, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, promised N10 million, N3million and N1million respectively towards a kidney transplant which doctors say the actor needs to stay alive.

But the N10miilion that should come from the state is yet to be redeemed, said Torina Emeka Ojukwu, a member of the #SaveJamesUche campaign team.

“I am presently in the hospital,” said Ojukwu.

“It was an emergency case,” he said. “His blood level dropped but he is stable now and he has received four pints of blood and will need three more.”

On why the actor is yet to be flown abroad for surgery, Ojukwu said; “The money promised by the governor is yet to be received. The money he gave to us was part-payment for the hospital bill and other things which include transfusion of blood and dialysis.”

Continuing, he said: “Even if the money approved gets to us, it is not enough. That is because he will need to keep going for check-up when he returns. He needs more than that money and that is why we are appealing to other people who can help to support in the campaign to keep him alive.”

He further noted that the actor goes for dialysis three times a week and takes three pints of blood per week.

On the next plan for the actor, Ojukwu revealed that the funds that have sustained the actor’s treatment were donated by colleagues in the film industry.

“We have been doing our best since 2015 when he first came to the hospital,” said Ojukwu.

He said colleagues like Desmond Elliot, Genevieve Nnaji and Ibinabo Fiberesima have been of great help. “They have been supporting continuously. They have been able to help us get good money through their pages.”

Dr Ihekuna, who is in charge of Prince James Uche’s case, noted that he and his team have been able to keep the actor alive since 2015 owing to his 40 years of experience on the job. “We are able to manage him with bare hands because of my experience. But we need money to transfer him immediately.” He warned.

“There are people who use travel bags to keep money in their homes,” said Dr. Ihekuna. “They should come out and help. What use is the money to them if they cannot help their fellow humans?” he said.

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