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Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Nobody: 3:33pm On Nov 14, 2012


Ruth Idowu, 19, can finally eat ice cream on a stick after receiving an artificial arm. A maniac in her native Nigeria chopped off her right hand and left arm to the elbow in a savage attack two years ago. A Riverside clinic is helping her for free. Photo by Dave Baumann

Ruth Idowu is a 19-year-old Nigerian girl who lost her right hand and part of her left arm in a savage attack in her native country. Thanks to the kindness of strangers — who have come to love her — she’s being fitted at Johnson Orthopedic Appliances in Riverside with two artificial limbs, for free.

The story is featured on the front page of The Press-Enterprise today, Tues. Nov. 13: http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20121112-regional-nigerian-teen-getting-new-arms-after-attack.ece

Ruth is more than a survivor. She’s full of joy, a giggly young woman who hopes to restart her life when she returns home in February with two mechanical arms.

Two years ago, while cleaning tables in her parents’ restaurant in Oga Odan, her hometown, a drug-crazed madman burst in and began stabbing Ruth, hacking off parts of her arms. After an eight-month hospital stay, she returned home, maimed and helpless.

She learned to eat by scooping food with the stump of her left arm into the crook of her right arm. She was forced to abandon plans to study accounting and learn to drive. But Ruth had faith that Jesus would help her. Her faith prevailed. Tunde and Friends Foundation, a nonprofit that supports disabled Nigerians, funded Ruth’s airfare to Southern California and living expenses here.

She’s staying in Colton with Tunde Akinremi and his wife, Titi, the amazing folks who brought her here. Tunde, 57, is himself disabled, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair. Titi, 58, is a doctor. The married couple have residences both in Colton and in a southwestern city in Nigeria.

Ruth wasn’t easy to interview because of her limited English and bashfulness. Tunde Akinremi, 57, a math teacher in Pomona, interpreted for her at the clinic, while she awaited being fitted with her left prosthesis.

Ruth is beautiful, with huge black eyes and close-cropped hair. But the photographer, Dave Baumann, videographer, Chris Ercoli and I were so taken with this spirited young woman, we stayed nearly three hours at the clinic.

She’s thrilled with her new appendages and has quickly mastered eating ice cream on a stick, answering the phone, dressing herself and boiling water. Mike Openshaw, the clinic’s head prosthetist, fitted her last week with her left arm, teaching her all seven positions. Both he and Ruth’s occupational therapist, Cathy Armitage, say she’s doing extraordinarily well.


It’s easy to see why this team fell in love with Ruth. She doesn’t pity herself. She’s not bitter. She doesn’t even rail against her assailant, who succumbed to mob justice after they doused him with petrol, set him on fire and watched him die. shocked

She’s eager to reclaim her independence. She shed no tears during the interview. Filled with hope and expectations, she constantly breaks into wide smiles and sometimes, song.

We”ll be following her progress until the day she boards a plane, returning home with new arms.

http://blog.pe.com/retail/2012/11/13/riverside-story-behind-nigerian-girl-getting-new-arms/

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Nobody: 3:34pm On Nov 14, 2012
Very beautiful and inspirational young lady kiss kiss
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by masterpiecer(m): 3:58pm On Nov 14, 2012
This girl is strong willed and beautiful, thank God for the Akinremis
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by ozidot(f): 4:04pm On Nov 14, 2012
Man proposes and God disposes....... she saw an ability where others saw disability wink

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Okijajuju1(m): 4:19pm On Nov 14, 2012
WOW!! Really Nice. .
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by cheddarking(m): 4:20pm On Nov 14, 2012
Is this the new Robo-cop?

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Friedrich080(m): 4:20pm On Nov 14, 2012
Lolz...
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by packman: 4:21pm On Nov 14, 2012
[size=15pt]THIS KIND OF THINGS DOESN'T BRING JOY TO THE DISABLE IT ONLY MAKE YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DISABLE embarassed embarassed embarassed[/size]
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Okijajuju1(m): 4:23pm On Nov 14, 2012
*Ileke-IdI:


Ruth Idowu, 19, can finally eat ice cream on a stick after receiving an artificial arm. A maniac in her native Nigeria chopped off her right hand and left arm to the elbow in a savage attack two years ago. A Riverside clinic is helping her for free. Photo by Dave Baumann

Ruth Idowu is a 19-year-old Nigerian girl who lost her right hand and part of her left arm in a savage attack in her native country. Thanks to the kindness of strangers — who have come to love her — she’s being fitted at Johnson Orthopedic Appliances in Riverside with two artificial limbs, for free.

The story is featured on the front page of The Press-Enterprise today, Tues. Nov. 13: http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20121112-regional-nigerian-teen-getting-new-arms-after-attack.ece

Ruth is more than a survivor. She’s full of joy, a giggly young woman who hopes to restart her life when she returns home in February with two mechanical arms.

Two years ago, while cleaning tables in her parents’ restaurant in Oga Odan, her hometown, a drug-crazed madman burst in and began stabbing Ruth, hacking off parts of her arms. After an eight-month hospital stay, she returned home, maimed and helpless.

She learned to eat by scooping food with the stump of her left arm into the crook of her right arm. She was forced to abandon plans to study accounting and learn to drive. But Ruth had faith that Jesus would help her. Her faith prevailed. Tunde and Friends Foundation, a nonprofit that supports disabled Nigerians, funded Ruth’s airfare to Southern California and living expenses here.

She’s staying in Colton with Tunde Akinremi and his wife, Titi, the amazing folks who brought her here. Tunde, 57, is himself disabled, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair. Titi, 58, is a doctor. The married couple have residences both in Colton and in a southwestern city in Nigeria.

Ruth wasn’t easy to interview because of her limited English and bashfulness. Tunde Akinremi, 57, a math teacher in Pomona, interpreted for her at the clinic, while she awaited being fitted with her left prosthesis.

Ruth is beautiful, with huge black eyes and close-cropped hair. But the photographer, Dave Baumann, videographer, Chris Ercoli and I were so taken with this spirited young woman, we stayed nearly three hours at the clinic.

She’s thrilled with her new appendages and has quickly mastered eating ice cream on a stick, answering the phone, dressing herself and boiling water. Mike Openshaw, the clinic’s head prosthetist, fitted her last week with her left arm, teaching her all seven positions. Both he and Ruth’s occupational therapist, Cathy Armitage, say she’s doing extraordinarily well.


It’s easy to see why this team fell in love with Ruth. She doesn’t pity herself. She’s not bitter. She doesn’t even rail against her assailant, who succumbed to mob justice after they doused him with petrol, set him on fire and watched him die. shocked

She’s eager to reclaim her independence. She shed no tears during the interview. Filled with hope and expectations, she constantly breaks into wide smiles and sometimes, song.

We”ll be following her progress until the day she boards a plane, returning home with new arms.

http://blog.pe.com/retail/2012/11/13/riverside-story-behind-nigerian-girl-getting-new-arms/


#Jungle Justice... A mad man was set on fire.. #story of Nigeria!

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Martian(m): 4:23pm On Nov 14, 2012
ozidot: Man proposes and God disposes....... she saw an ability where others saw disability wink

Enough of the cliched magical thinking already because your god has nothing to do with this. Scientific knowledge resulted in her prosthetic arm and if your country wasn't so enmeshed in ignorance and "god", she wouldn't have to go to a foreign country.

Besides,your god and the countless MOGs in Nigeria could have performed miracles so she wouldn't need a prosthetic arm.

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by yuzedo: 4:25pm On Nov 14, 2012
cheddarking: Is this the new Robo-cop?

LMFAOOO!!!! grin grin grin
Cheddar ma nikka, you crack me up bro!! grin grin
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by candieangel12(f): 4:26pm On Nov 14, 2012
*Ileke-IdI:


A maniac in her native Nigeria chopped off her right hand and left arm to the elbow in a savage attack two years ago.



We have some really psychotic bitch.es in naija! How can someone stay and just chop another human's arms off? embarassed
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Iaz93: 4:27pm On Nov 14, 2012
wow. .
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Ariyke: 4:29pm On Nov 14, 2012
Wow
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by jobaskia(m): 4:31pm On Nov 14, 2012
@ martian . Seconded
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by TheKingsQueen: 4:37pm On Nov 14, 2012
I'm so happy for this black-beauty. She is so optimistic and I'm happy her dreams were not cut short. May God bless those that facilitated this

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by knockturnal(m): 4:37pm On Nov 14, 2012
Onli seven positions? What position of the new arms will she use then 4 mouldin n swallowin Amala and Efo? Them 4 reprogram that ice cream on a stick poo o!
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by TheKingsQueen: 4:38pm On Nov 14, 2012
Martian:

Enough of the cliched magical thinking already because your god has nothing to do with this. Scientific knowledge resulted in her prosthetic arm and if your country wasn't so enmeshed in ignorance and "god", she wouldn't have to go to a foreign country.

Besides,your god and the countless MOGs in Nigeria could have performed miracles so she wouldn't need a prosthetic arm.
It seems you are a robot. Can't you comment on the topic of discussion without blaspheming?

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by TheKingsQueen: 4:40pm On Nov 14, 2012
packman: [size=15pt]THIS KIND OF THINGS DOESN'T BRING JOY TO THE DISABLE IT ONLY MAKE YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DISABLE embarassed embarassed embarassed[/size]
It shouldn't such news are meant to give hope to the disabled, that there's a way where there seems to be no way

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Destindave(m): 4:40pm On Nov 14, 2012
4rm Armless to Armful...wonderful.

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by 2mch(m): 4:42pm On Nov 14, 2012
Nice one. smiley
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by OkwaIfugo(m): 4:55pm On Nov 14, 2012
oh what a world.
Nnem odigolugi na mma.
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Martian(m): 4:56pm On Nov 14, 2012
The_King'sQueen:
It seems you are a robot. Can't you comment on the topic of discussion without blaspheming?

your sky fairy of a god, who is nothing but the ignorance of primitive jews didn't have anything to do with her prosthetic arm. Is that blasphemous enough for you?
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by omenziate(m): 5:59pm On Nov 14, 2012
Which kind Madman b dat? Hope d lunatic no dey alive . Chei, see fine babe. I wish her well in her endeavours.
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Nobody: 7:00pm On Nov 14, 2012
We should learn two lessons from this wonderful story.....



1) The kind-heartedness of a fellow Nigerian towards a Nigerian. This shows that some Nigerians are wonderful people, and are ready to go any length to help a fellow Nigerian...


2) A random mad man went into a restaurant to attack a young girl.... This calls for concern. There are so many mad men in Nigeria, and nothing is currently done to apprehend and treat them. Even when a mad man wrestled Obasanjo to the ground, the ex-president didn't see the need to bring mental health issues to Nigerians' attention..... undecided undecided undecided ...


I wont be surprised if the mad man that attacked this girl is still roaming the street. What I find fascinating about Nigerians' psyche is that we are too eager to attend Churches, Mosques, Parties, etc but complacent in things that matter, things that threaten our freedoms, rights, well-beings, etc.


If you ask a Nigerian this question; Serve in a group that is aimed at getting and rehabilitating all mad men off our streets or serve in a group that is preparing for a 7-day religious festival in your community.


Most Nigerians would choose the latter...... They hope through prayer, all our problems can be solved, including a divine healing on all the mad men, so they see no need to volunteer in the former group....

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Idango(m): 7:01pm On Nov 14, 2012
Martian:

your sky fairy of a god, who is nothing but the ignorance of primitive jews didn't have anything to do with her prosthetic arm. Is that blasphemous enough for you?

Good news for her.

@Martian, you seem to be angry that there is a God, you have to bring in the issue here even when it is not a related topic.
I pity ignorant "fools" like you who cant see beyond their temporary existence, one of these days you are going to discover how very wrong you are and then you cant do anything about it because it will be too late.

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Martian(m): 7:16pm On Nov 14, 2012
Idango:

Good news for her.

@Martian, you seem to be angry that there is a God, you have to bring in the issue here even when it is not a related topic.
I pity ignorant "fools" like you who cant see beyond their temporary existence, one of these days you are going to discover how very wrong you are and then you cant do anything about it because it will be too late.

.....and when you die, THE GREAT LEPRECHAUN will eat your soul and then you can't do anything about it because it will be too late.
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by kandiikane(m): 7:51pm On Nov 14, 2012
The_King'sQueen:
It seems you are a robot. Can't you comment on the topic of discussion without blaspheming?

How is he blasphming if he clearly isn't a believer?
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by bigboss80s(m): 8:13pm On Nov 14, 2012
Martian:

your sky fairy of a god, who is nothing but the ignorance of primitive jews didn't have anything to do with her prosthetic arm. Is that blasphemous enough for you?
Lmao
@Martian I think we need 2 start a new thread about nigerians and our obsession with the supernatural. The truth of the matter is that most of us are intellectually lazy and would rather attribute simple explainable occurences to a God than sit and put our brains to work smh. Its so funny how when you see or hear a Nigerian talk about God they sound scared of Him. The fear of the unknown.
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by Nobody: 8:15pm On Nov 14, 2012
Beautiful yoruba girl. I wish her happiness

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Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by LordReed(m): 8:17pm On Nov 14, 2012
All's well that ends well. Heartwarming.
Re: Story Behind Nigerian Girl Getting New Arms by COOLDUN: 9:20pm On Nov 14, 2012
What a pretty girl? disabled by a useless Gbanaa!! spoiled AREA BOY, i am happy tha he got what he deserved, be strong baby, God is your strenght. Area boys/men. Stay away from DRUGS.

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