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Friday, February 17 2017 - 06:52
Faith and Healthcare: T.B. Joshua Finances A Young Boy's Throat Surgery
LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ -

UN's Sustainable Development Goal 3, which promotes health and well-being for 
all, helps balance healthcare provision and healthcare financing, as well as 
addressing various challenges faced by ordinary citizens. The complexities of 
healthcare access and financing were clearly shown in a moving life experience 
of a 13-year old Nigerian orphan named Praise Sunday during a church service on 
Sunday 12th February 2017 at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), 
Lagos, Nigeria.  

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In an armed robbery on May 8th 2016, Praise Sunday tragically lost his mother 
and sister. During this ordeal, the young boy, whose father passed away several 
years earlier, sustained life-threatening injuries to his throat.

Praise and his extended family members sought medical assistance across 
Nigeria, depleting their financial means as he underwent seven surgeries. Left 
with a tracheostomy tube in his throat which enabled him to breathe, he was 
completely unable to talk and communicated only through writing. In September 
2016, they sought aid at The SCOAN, a religious institution known for its 
extensive charitable endeavours. The General Overseer, T.B. Joshua, through the 
humanitarian arm of his faith-based organization, financed a delicate and 
complex health procedure carried out in Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape 
Town, South Africa.

Specialists, Dr Martin Vanlierde and Professor Mark De Groot, undertook the 
corrective surgery to restore Praise's ability to both breathe and speak 
normally again. The procedure was successful and his speedy recovery exceeded 
expectations. The total cost of Praise's travelling expenses, welfare and 
medical bills was US$50,000 - all financed by T.B. Joshua's faith-based 

During a live broadcast of his story on Emmanuel TV, T.B. Joshua addressed the 
congregation, encouraging faith leaders and medical doctors to work together to 
address the societal conundrum, related to healthcare access today. He said: 
"If God's servants and doctors work together, there will be no limit to what 
they can achieve. The medicine doctors use comes from nature and our God is the 
God of nature."

The SCOAN has previously financed other medical trips, including a Nigerian 
policeman who received more than $25,000 to be flown to India for a complicated 
medical procedure to restore his damaged urinary system after he was shot by 
gunmen during duty hours.

With their collaborative effort, faith-based organisations, such as The SCOAN, 
which helped turn a young boy's ordeal into an inspiring story, can largely 
enhance healthcare access and its financing.

SOURCE: Emmanuel TV