Outcome of Prayer: A Study of Children in Selected Denominations in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria (Published)
Prayer has been assumed to cause different effects on the life of the praying individual. On one side, prayer could imply on the emotional status, individual growth and the on the personal needs of the individual among others. On the other side, it may cause depression and unhappiness especially when the desired response did not happen. This study was set out to investigate whether the above argument applies to the lives of younger and older children of ages 7-8 and 11-12 respectively in four selected churches in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The study adopted phenomenological qualitative design with Semi-structured interviews and conversations, uncompleted sentences, picture projection and letter writing to God as methods for collecting data. The raw data was gathered, transcribed, coded, classified and re-classified until meaningful patterns and themes emerged after which they were analysed with the help of NVivo. 11 Pro. This study discovered that the effects of the children’s prayer are directly related to their reasons for praying; that as they pray, children experience a deep relationship with God, dialogue with Him verbally and non-verbally, and act upon instructions they believe come from God. It was revealed that children’s emotions and feelings are affected negatively or positively based on the stage of development as discussed in Piaget’s theory of Cognitive Development that formed the foundation for this study.
Near Exhaustion of Medical Treatment Options Available For Priapism in a Child with Sickle Cell Anaemia from Yola, Nigeria: A Case Report (Published)
Priapism could be described as painful penile erection unrelated to sexual stimulation, which may not subside without medical intervention. This report described a case of near exhaustion of medical treatment options available for priapism in a child with sickle cell anaemia from Yola, Nigeria. The diagnosis was based on non response to the different stages of medical intervention for the condition. He is a known sickle cell anaemia patient who presented with painful, tender and sustained penile erection of seven hours. Blood film showed numerous sickled red cells and packed cell volume of 28 %. Having ruled out other possibilities, a diagnosis of priapsm in a child with background sickle cell anaemia was made, and the patient was placed on antioxidants, sedation, analgesic and ice packs without response. Next was hydration which was also not successful. Aspiration of the copora cavernosum led to detumescence followed by a rebound penile erection. Intra-coporal injection of epinephrine was also not remarkable. Dexamethasone, a steroid was further used and the child had complete detumescence. He was subsequently discharged on follow-ups. Now that surgical intervention is becoming obsolete, current case suggests the need for more studies to investigate the role of steroids and other newer treatment options to further expand on the current medical interventions.