- Nigerian actress Kate Henshaw got involved to help a sex worker's child treat cancer
- The actress was made aware of the case on Twitter in March
- She expressed her regret of taking on the case, in an interview, due to clashes with the family over money and medical care
In an interview with PUNCH Metro, renowned Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, says she regrets taking up a case involving a sex worker, known as Mary, who abandoned her child, Michael, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba. Henshaw on Wednesday said with the experience, she might not render assistance of such nature in the future.
Kate said: “A little part of me regrets; even though the Bible says we should not be tired of doing good. The family is giving us problems; but we are committed to the health and medical care of Baby Michael.
With my experience, there is going to be a lethargic, tired attitude of celebrities when they are called to cases like this in the future. They may donate, but for someone like me to come out and say before the camera that ‘I, Kate Henshaw…’ It’s not happening again.”
“The road to full recovery is a long one for Baby Michael. At his last hospital appointment on Thursday, July 21, the doctor said surgery was not the way out, but a continued administration of his drugs – Propranol and Nylol gel. We were told that the benign tumour on his face will gradually compress and shrink, but it will take a long process. We are committed to his full recovery."
“However, the social welfare issues surrounding his mother, circumstances of birth, family and care for him in general are huge."
Kate has been drawn to the condition of the mother and child via Twitter in March, 2016, while the were begging in Onikan, Lagos. The child's mother was reported to have three other children, all from different men. Michael, her last child, was born with a cancerous growth on his face and his mother took him on begging trips.
Kate was able to find the mother and child and hospitalized the pair at LUTH. She then reported the case to Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Lagos. The frantic mother, Mary, initially refused to cooperate with the hospital until she was threatened with arrest.
The Nollywood actress said on June 9, 2016, Mary eventually walked out of the hospital and left her baby behind. Michael was soon after removed from LUTH due to a strike and was taken to Project Alert where her grandmother started taking care of him.
Kate called the social welfare department and Mary’s family for a meeting where it was agreed that she should not be allowed to stay with the child again. Mary’s sister, Syndi, however, defended Mary's action saying that Mary ran away from LUTH because of money harassment by social workers.