Lessons I Learned About Seatbelt At Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi - Akeem, Ogun ASUSS Chairman - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, August 16, 2021

Lessons I Learned About Seatbelt At Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi - Akeem, Ogun ASUSS Chairman


My Story 

August 14th, 2018 was a day I would forever remember in my lifetime. It was a day Almighty Allah delivered me from the shackles of death. If not for Almighty Allah, Subhanah Lahi Wata'alla, devil would have marked the third anniversary of my untimely demise last Saturday.

I left my house just as I did every other day to attend to union assignment at the Secretariat, most especially when the 4th Quadrennial Delegates' Conference of the Union, where new officers would be elected, was just a week away. I never knew I wouldn't sleep in my house that day but at Federal Medical Centre Idi Aba, Abeokuta.

Earlier that day, I had called notable officials in and outside my Union just to say hello. I finally called my wife who was then recently installed Iyaloja Isale - Igbein in Abeokuta and appealed to her to take proper care of my lovely children. I cracked many expensive jokes with her on phone to the extent that she banged the phone on me saying that I was disturbing her. 

Less than 10 minutes after I made the final call and just a stone's throw from the secretariat where I had left, I just heard 'gbaooooo' - a trailer hit my car by driver side. 

I had earlier released my driver and also refused to pick everybody left at the secretariat with my car; an act which was unusual of me. I told one of the officers that wanted to join my car to cross to the other side of the road and board a taxi. It was as if I was watching a film, or in a dream. I opened my eyes to see police officers who came to the scene to rescue me after frantic efforts to arrest the driver of the truck, who was running away, had failed. I was begging the police officers to pick my right leg for me in the middle of the road so that oncoming vehicles would not crush it because I didn't have any feeling that I was still with the right leg.

I was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, where I spent a week before being rushed to National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos State where God Almighty performed wonderful miracle in my life. I underwent a month observation at the hospital. 

While in the hospital, I witnessed many unfortunate incidents that the use of seat-belt would have automatically prevented. I saw a man who would not have spent millions of naira on surgery if he had used safety-belt while driving within the city and got hit by a trailer. I saw another man who had an accident while driving on the expressway but survived the accident with only a broken acetabulum because he used seat-belt but his friend who sat beside him died instantly because he did not use safety-belt. I saw another man whom after strenuous activities in the day refused to rest and drove himself. The vehicle of the man later somersaulted because he dozed off for a second, only his friend that used the seat belt was fortunate to have survived the accident while he is now late. 

It is better to always commit ourselves into the hands of Almighty God anytime we are going out for divine protection. We are also to note that fastening of seat-belt when we are in our car is very important as we move from one point to another. Who knows, if I had used seat - belt, my accident would not have become fatal.

Permit me to express my appreciation to everyone of you - too numerous to mention, for contributing to my survival. It is said that you do not know those who love you until you experience misfortune. I have no doubt in my mind that you are all my divinely appointed saviours. 

I will continually celebrate you for the priceless show of love and compassion. The unprecedented and uncommon support, passionate assistance and compassion I received from you during my hospitalisation and towards the surgical procedure have convinced me that you are one to be TREASURED.

I was about to behave like a man when I could no longer bear the pains, more so when one of the doctors said he could not guarantee my walking on two legs because he's not God, he could only try his best.

I was finally discharged from the hospital after a successful three-hour surgical operation on my right leg and began another life. I began a new life by using 'walking frame' to walk like a kid, later crutches then it graduated to walking stick. This period was not a good memory I must remember again. Glory be to Almighty God, I can now walk with my two legs, play football and even score goaaaaal.

Once again, I am profoundly grateful for your kind support, prayers and concern. You have all demonstrated uncommon compassion which will live in my memory till I die.

When I look back at the life threatening incident, I have every reason to thank Almighty God for his guidance and protection. I am a man created by God to give thanks to Him for his goodness and protection.

E o ni fi iru e gba o.

Comrade Akeem (ORIYOMI) Lasisi

Ogun State Chairman and National Vice President, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS )
Aug. 16, 2021.

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