apologized for jumping into quick
See what she wrote below...
"People who know me well will tell
you that the easiest and fastest way
to get money out of me is to tell me
you're sick. I hate seeing people that helpless. Over the years, I've
donated and also used my platform to raise money for several sick
people, including Mayowa Ahmed.
Early morning on July 28th, I
received a call saying the #SaveMayowa campaign was a
scam. That the lady was terminally ill and the family had no intentions of
using the money raised for her
health to treat her as they had no
invite from the hospital in Atlanta,
neither did she even have a visa to
the US. Please continue...
They wanted me to blog it quickly so people could stop donating. I found it hard to believe at first but it was coming from people who were
directly involved in raising money for the sick girl.
I sent someone to LUTH to investigate, he got there and
found chaos. The Police was already
involved, people were being
questioned, some folks were
shouting, he spoke to people in the
hospital and many seemed confused.
I spoke with those who had called me, and they said 1000%, the whole thing was a scam. And I sincerely believe that at the
time they told me this, they
genuinely believed it to be a fact. I
don't think it was done maliciously.
After they sent me documents
showing the hospital in Atlanta was not really involved in Mayowa's
treatment and LUTH medical directors denied knowledge of a fund raising for the sick girl, I believed it to also be a fact! And I wrote it.
My mistake, I think, was owning the story, I probably should have quoted them.
And maybe investigated more. My
apologies to the family! The post has since been taken down. After investing properly, the police
found it wasn't a scam, that it was
more a miscommunication between
the parties helping to raise funds
and the girl's family. I spoke about
the issue with the Lagos police PPRO and she assured me that the family
didn't have bad intentions.
What I am happy about is that; even
if the family had had dubious
intentions initially, now they can't do any of that, as everyone is now
watching. So maybe a good thing
came out of the whole chaos.
The happy news is that Mayowa has
been flown to South Africa for
treatment. She left Nigeria on Thursday August 11th.
May God use her case to show that
He is God!
Let's continue to pray for her!"