OUR HISTORY – That started with a personal tragedy
The Foundation is guided by a very personal tragedy that the Founder, Uchenna Ibeh, experienced, when younger and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – Nigeria, West Africa.
Tragic events forever change what we do, and for those whose tragedies are the loss of their loved ones as a result of inadequate, or the lack of competent healthcare system, the results are especially painful — jaded memory and forever present pain and guilt.
What happened to Uchenna’s mother Katherine was unfortunate and totally uncalled for in today’s world. This is what happened.
A little fall triggered an internal bleeding. The bleeding led to a blood clot and other medical complications. After enduring unimaginable pain and suffering, Katherine eventually slipped into a coma and died 24 hours later from a stroke.
Throughout human history, many of the best ideas and creations come about as a result of deep sense of calamity or loss. Pain, they say, is a stimulant that makes us grow.
Equally on her mother’s loss, and determined not to let her painful departure be in vain. Supporting friends and Uchenna embarked on a mission to plant a seed of mercy, to uplift the sick, and help to improve and the quality of healthcare to the disadvantaged.
Good and sustainable healthcare, the world over, is a challenge even to richest nations. Never the less, HealthLine Foundation recognizes that our efforts and commitment to the neediest of the needy around the globe may be only a drop in the ocean.
A drop indeed, but hopefully, an irresistible drop, whose ripples may soon develop into waves, giving the disadvantaged and the afflicted the one thing they need most - HOPE!
What happened to Uchenna’s mother Katherine was unfortunate and distressfully totally avoidable.
Katherine was a 51-year-old mother of five, who lived in eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa. On one rainy day, Katherine missed a step and fell. That otherwise uneventful fall ended in a right hip dislocation. Her cry for help fell on deaf ears--there was no immediate response to stabilize Katherine’s condition. When Katherine finally got to a hospital sixty miles away, there were no specialized physicians, no emergency protocol or procedure to stabilize her critical condition.
Her situation became a nightmare when an attendant directed that Katherine first purchase an emergency registration card before she could be seen. To pour salt unto open wounds, the doctor also demanded a prepaid amount almost equivalent to a year’s income of the average Nigerian.
Katherine paid her bills after sending someone to a local bank, while she waited for two excruciating hours. The care Katherine received at the end was too little too late.
That little fall triggered an internal bleeding. The bleeding led to a blood clot and other medical complications. After enduring unimaginable pain and suffering, unlucky Katherine eventually slipped into a coma and died 24 hours later from a stroke.
And that was the start of our bold idea to help and start our work as HealthLine Foundation My name is Uchenna Ibeh the Founder and Executive Director of HealthLine Foundation and Katherine Ibeh was my mother in whose memory the Foundation and the help we are bringing to Africa became a reality.