Stella Dimoko Actress KC Ejelonu Says Nigerian Doctors Almost Cut Off Her Leg


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Actress KC Ejelonu Says Nigerian Doctors Almost Cut Off Her Leg

Nollywood actor, KC Ejelonu, recently shared a post on her Instagram page about how no hospital in Nigeria had a particular drug she needed urgently to treat a condition she was suffering from.

She wrote, “I am really worried about the next generation and those who don’t have access to good medical care. This is the third time I am having a medical issue in Nigeria. The first time, they almost amputated my leg instead of them to drain out the fluid I had in my leg.

“Where is Nigeria headed? This scares me so much. I truly want to be a part of some change in Nigeria. And I pray God destroys the plan of any individual who wants to be in government or who is already in government and not doing what they should be doing. Providing services for the citizens should be a priority.”

Speaking with Saturday beats, she further explained the situation that led to the incident,

“Yes I am conscious of my health; I have my medical records with me when I registered in all the hospitals. It breaks my heart to know that they didn’t have what I needed. To be honest, that we don’t have an emergency ward in hospitals is heartbreaking.

“It was just excess fluid called Edema. After they had done a blood test and said I was fine, I was told if the swelling increased, they would have to amputate it. That was my first time having Edema, so I didn’t know what to do and at the time, I wasn’t told it was Edema. I took the next available flight out of Nigeria and went straight to the National Health Service (in the UK) and they diagnosed me with Edema.

Asked about other issues in Nigeria that she saw as a challenge, the talented actor said lots of things should change in the country. She also added that despite the nasty experience she had, she didn’t regret relocating to Nigeria from the UK. She noted that she was concerned about people who don’t have the means to travel for medical care.

“I believe we are all tired at this point because it feels like nothing works. We have exposed politicians as leaders and what I see is that they don’t care for the citizens and the country as a whole.

“I felt more for those who can’t just get on a plane and travel for medical care; but then again, why do we have to leave our country for medical care? What I went through was a near-death experience as my sight was becoming blurry.

When asked about some of the challenges she has faced as an actress, she said there was a time she was told she wasn’t slim and light enough to make it in the movie industry.

“My-self–love-journey started when I was on a hospital bed. I was ill and almost lost my life. To be honest, I was told if I flew, I would not make it. But I got on the plane in faith and had an agreement with God. I got to the UK and all I remember was seeing lights and someone asking me questions. Next thing I remembered was waking up on a hospital bed. I had three doctors by my bed telling me it was a miracle.

“We all face challenges in our careers or jobs, I would say being told I was not skinny enough, not light-skinned enough.

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  1. Nigerian doctors have suffered, what a suffer.
    Which one be oedema as diagnosis.

    1. Are you minding her? Nigerian doctors have eaten shit. Oedema as a diagnosis? Lmao!

    2. It may have been a symptom.of the original problem, but treating it wont be by amputation

    3. My hubs had some pain in his ankle. Private doctor said he had athritis after paying almost 30k reg form. Wtf

  2. This is so true, I have been some sort of pain between my abdomen and chest, all they’ve ever said it’s ulcer, which LGI I take ulcer medication I feel worse. Just horrible, I wish I can get to a good doctor.

    1. Go to Benin Republic. That's the nearest country and since lies and corruption has almost finished everything good in this country, I think that's the next best option.

    2. I had similar pain and was told it was possibly Ulcer in Nigeria. After an episode in Uk, it was later diagnosed as Gall stones.Go and do ultrasound to check for gall stones and also carry out liver functioning test immediately after your next episode.

    3. Try an ultra scan. I had such pains too, and it was discovered to be gall stone. Did the operation 2 weeks ago in South Africa and I feel so much better

  3. Doctors who forget surgical equipment in the patients during surgery, half baked doctors. there only diagnosis na typhoid ND malaria

  4. Why is it that Nigerians especially ladies will never tell you what they are suffering from?
    Is it a taboo to be sick and need medical care?
    You even went ahead to share your hospital stay experience on Social Media but still hid
    the ailment?

  5. This is so true.
    A colleague had an accident and was rushed to igbobi orthopaedic in Lagos.
    Doctors told him his legs would be amputated.
    Luckily another colleague took a brave effort and took him out to traditional home setters.
    He walked after 2 months o. God help us in this country.

    1. You can lie for Africa, just told it would be amputated just like that, sister to Lai Mohammed, kwontinu gbogbo bigz lais

  6. Oedema is not a diagnosis, but we know your type, the ones that dont see anything good in Nigerian drs, the UK all of you are rushing too is gradually being filled with 9ja drs, deal with it.. tongue click

    1. She has underlying pathology she doesn't want to disclose and onky magnifying a symptom, yen yen yen

    2. It’s true Biko. Because I foresaw this in Nigerian health care and I ran to Canada. After my first episode, I was diagnosed o. Everyday in Nigeria they kept saying it’s just anemia. Thank God for proper health care.

  7. Why did she stop acting in tinsel?

  8. Don’t mind the olodo insulting hard working and intelligent Nigerian doctors who choose to stay behind when they could have left for a better life and career elsewhere.
    Oedema is always secondary to another main problem.
    It’s probably the main problem that the doctors were advising amputation for which she has stylishly left out of her comment just to make my colleagues look bad. Namsence.

    From a Nigerian doctor who chose not to stay and not regretting it.

  9. That was how one doctor in a reputable hospital said he couldnt feel my baby head when I was in labour. I was shocked because no doctor has complained about this. I was almost wheeled to the theatre when my doctor who has been abscent arrived and checked me. He shouted on the doctor and showed him my baby's head. That was how I had my baby safely within 30mins. Half baked doctors everywhere

  10. What an ignorant human being
    Who told her edema is a diagnosis
    It's only a symptom

    She should get a good doctor
    Coz even the kin aboard has quacks everywhere

    It's wrong for the doctors who told her they would cut of her leg, their license should be withdrawn

  11. First, oedema is not a diagnosis
    Neither is the treatment for oedema leg amputation

    3rd, a "doctor" told you amputation of your leg was the treatment for oedema, and you say "Nigerian Doctors"...

    Any way use this one shine , enjoy your 10minutes of attention

  12. Diagnosis oedema? Sweetheart, one million pathologies can cause oedema ok.That means the person that diagnosed you over there is the highest quack.Hope you are no longer on diuretics? Or do you mean Lymph oedema?
    Please stop insulting Doctors. You cant work in this environment if you were in their shoes.

  13. My uncle refuses to go to hospital. He believes that either the doctor's kill him with wrong prescription or the nurses may give him the wrong injections. I fast and pray when in Nigeria. Had catarrh and had to take the next available British Airways out of that shithole. I can't come and die for nothing in a God-forsaken place.


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