I Feel Guilty All These Happened Because Of Me – Sonia Ekweremadu
Sonia Ekweremadu, daughter of embattled Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, says she is in a guilty state because the organ trafficking saga happened owing to her kidney disease.
She added that her parents sought a kidney donor for her from outside because of the family’s health history.
Sonia, who spoke in an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) following the Friday sentencing of Ekweremadu to nine years and eight months in prison by a UK court for organ trafficking, said her father’s family has a history of kidney conditions.
Beatrice, Ekweremadu’s wife, was also sentenced to four years and six months in jail.
The couple got entangled in the organ trafficking case while trying to find a donor for Sonia who has been on dialysis.
However, 25-year-old Sonia explained that she had a gene that necessitated her to find a donor outside family members.
Ekweremadu had told a UK court in March that he opted for a non-family kidney donor for Sonia following advice from Diwe, his brother who is a medical doctor.
“It’s sad. It has been really hard to really wrap my head around it. I understand the conviction; personally, I disagree with it. However, that is from a very biased perspective. As their daughter, I would obviously always back my parents. However, the law has taken its course and we have to just move forward as a family,” BBC quoted Sonia as saying.
“I had the APO1 gene. To us, that kind of excluded the family, especially on my dad’s side because they have quite a history of kidney conditions.”
Asked if she was aware that the donor at the centre of the case was portrayed as her cousin, she replied: “Yea, I mean, I can’t answer that,” adding that she did not “feel anything toward him” and that she “wish him all the best.”
According to her, she felt guilty for the plight that has befallen her family, adding that her lesson from the whole happenstance is that life is dynamic.
“Life is just so dynamic. One day you are in your house chilling, the next day, your whole life is turned upside down,” she said.
“I don’t think it would ever be the same. I feel guilty because I feel that all this has happened because of me.”
She furthered that though some persons came forward as donors after the case went public, she is still on dialysis but “hopefully, I would be able to get the transplant soon.”