… Mourns sister amid tributes
THE Patriarch of Parousian Church of Christ, Jide Okorji has encouraged people living with sickle cell anemia to live a positive life with gratefulness to God despite their health challenges.
Okorji gave the advice at his country home, Oraukwu, in Idemili North LGA, Anambra State, during the funeral service of the late Ms Theresa Okorji, his younger sister, who died at the age of 64 after a long battle with sickle cell anemia.
He not only tasked couples about getting married to ensure they go for genotype test at a qualified and government approved health facility to avoid falling victim of bearing children with sickle cell but also urged patients living with the ailment to be grateful to God and face life positively if they want to enjoy longevity.
Many friends and relatives who came to commiserate with the bereaved family described the late Theresa, popularly called ‘Adaogwa’ as a heroine, adding that her inherent ailment did not deprive her of the fear of God, happiness and friendliness.
According to the chief mourner, Okorji, “her health challenge started from childhood until she passed on when she was 64 years. It is unbelievable because persons with similar ailment die at childhood, as teenagers, maybe 25 to 35 years. It is a great thing and we give glory to God that she stayed that long”.
“She was not the restive, complaining or quarrelsome type. Adaogwa accepted her fate early enough, bearing no grudges with anybody because of her predicament. She was always gentle and did not give anybody trouble. In fact, I thank God for all who came to commiserate with us and pray that their own end at the fullness of time will be very glorious”, said the prelate.
Veteran Broadcaster with Anambra Broadcasting Service, Sir Tony Okorji said: “Theresa was my immediate younger sister. She was sick from birth but full of gratitude to God despite her ailment. I remember her simplicity, smiles and communicative ability.
Famous Pharmacist, Julius Adeluyi Adenusi said that in all his years of practice, he had not seen any sickle cell carrier with such a friendly and positive disposition as my sister”.
Moreover, her cousin and a lecturer at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Odoziaku Elizabeth Ugochukwu, said that the deceased was prayerful, had good sense of humor, ignites laughter and radiates joy anywhere she goes despite having the health challenge.
Speaking respectively, an in-law and a family friend, Chief Uba Onubogu and Chief. Emma Williams Onuegbu said that the late Theresa was highly respectful and sociable and encouraged the bereaved family to take heart as death is a necessary end which visits everyone at mostly unscheduled time.