Belt of a grinding machine yesterday accidentally plucked-off the two
testicles of a 14-year-old Junior Secondary School (JSS) student in
Bauchi, Bashir Salisu.
Bashir, according to the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN), is a student of Government Day Secondary School, Tudun
Salmanu area of Bauchi metropolis, who sat for his JSS examination
(junior WAEC), preparatory to seeking admission to Senior Secondary
He engages in the grinding of grains under the tutelage of a man at the Muda Lawal market, Bauchi.
his ordeal in pains at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching
Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi, Bashir said the sad event occurred about
10a.m. on Friday, when, in the course of running the engine, the
rotating belt mistakenly got in contact with his baggy trousers and
“When my trousers got entangled as a result of the
fast rotating belt, it instantly severed my testicles and inflicted
grave injuries on my private part.
“The pain was unbearable and I was rushed to the hospital, where medical personnel started treating me.
the testicles had gone and can no longer be replaced; the doctors
confirmed that the situation is irredeemable,” Bashir said in tears.
The victim said he engaged in grinding to learn trade which he could rely on as jobs were not easy to come by these days.
added: “I engage in the trade after school hours and during holidays to
enable me become self-reliant during and after my studies as white
collar jobs are not easy to come by.
“My parents are poor and I
need to prepare myself, not only to be self-employed, but also help them
and my younger brothers and sisters.”
Bashir’s father, Malam Salisu Mohammed, a farmer, said when the accident occurred, he had to struggle to contain himself.
said: “I felt highly disturbed initially but was able to collect myself
later, believing that tragedies are ordained by God and must,
therefore, be accepted when they happen.
“We have intensified
prayers for his quick recovery, even though we have been made to
understand by medical experts that his testicles are gone for good.
“We thank God that he survived the accident; he could have been dead by now and we must appreciate such luck.
major challenge now is footing the bill of his treatment; we are
therefore seizing this opportunity to appeal for assistance from
government, individuals and organisations.”
On her part, Bashir’s mother, Mrs. Aisha Salisu, said she was traumatised by the ordeal of her son.
said: “He had been weeping all through until now that he was able to
collect himself. Seeing him wept profusely touched me a lot and made me
to express some emotions, but thank God, he is now calm.”
Consultant Urologist at the ATBU-TH, Dr. Liman Usman, said the student
sustained injuries on his scrotum and testicles caused by the belt of a
He said: “His trousers got entangled in the
belt of a grinding machine, leading to the complete abortion of the
testicles and scrotum; both testicles were severed.
“He had lacerations on his private part but these were just bruises; the inner shaft was intact.”
consultant said it was not possible to transplant the testicles because
of their complex nature, adding that efforts should be geared towards
making the student to psychologically accept the situation as it is.
however, said what could be done to address the psychological feeling
of the boy, was to make provision for plastic scrotum, which could only
be done in hospitals abroad.
He added: “What can be done is to
attach plastic scrotum so that when he feels it, he will have the
impression that he had his testicles intact.
“This is good for his psychological development, but this cannot be done in Nigeria, except overseas.”