Eight years old Temitope Apanishile was born without a penis. As a result, urine dropped from a tiny hole at the point where his penis should have been. His mother, probably scared or perplexed, also abandoned him with his father, Wale Apanishile when he was about a year old and has never looked back.
The good news however is that his resilient father is making a headway, having cried out to Nigerians for help years back through this medium.
According to Apanishile Senior, well-meaning Nigerians responded amazingly and the boy was able to go through several reconstruction surgeries here in Nigeria and India, as a result of which a penis is now forming.
“We had a surgery in LUTH here and were later referred to India, where we’ve had two more surgeries; the last one was in February this year (2021). That was our second trip to India. They passed a hose into him through which they are building the penis. To the glory of God, it is forming well and they even told me that when completed, it will function properly, like any other male organ.
“The problem now is that the Indian doctors told us he must avoid anything rigorous because of the process he is undergoing, including schooling that would weigh him down or task him physically. This is why I have come to fellow Nigerians again for help. He is already eight years and ripe for school but I cannot afford to pay for him through private school; and I don’t want to endanger his treatment by putting him in a public school. I want fellow Nigerians to help sponsor his education. They can even adopt him for schooling, if they wish.”
Apanishile, who trained as a bricklayer, explained that his son’s health situation has also deprived him his means of livelihood, as he has had to baby-sit and take him all over hospitals for treatment.