KC Ejelonu, Nollywood Actress Who Escaped Amputation While Battling Edema Recounts Ordeal

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British Nigerian Actress KC Ejelonu Recounts How Lagos Doctors Almost Amputated Her Leg Because Of Edema

KC Ejelonu, the Nollywood actress whose video went viral recently after she developed an allergy to egg and noodles has  urged the Nigerian FG to pay more attention to the health sector in order to save more lives.

The actress who almost got her leg amputated 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,” she told Saturday Beats.

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,” she said.

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,” she said.

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I am registered in 4 different hospitals in Lagos because I know when I need medical attention and I am anywhere I want to reach a doctor ASAP….Today, I had one of my reactions and I have not gotten it this bad since I was in the University in the UK. Today, 3 different hospitals/clinic/center did not have ANTIHISTAMINES….I ALWAYS move around with my medical card and case of drugs if anything should happen. That simple ANTIHISTAMINES was not available put me in a state of worry for the next generation to come. @pamelajay12 recommended @georgesmedical and when I got there, the lady at the front desk saw my condition, I understand she was doing her job in making sure she registers me first by filling out a form and taking payment, but my hands were swollen and she saw me struggling, directed the AC to me, I just screamed and lost it because this was an emergency, then breathing became difficult and of course she had to rush in and grab a doctor. She was only doing her job to make sure the process she was told to do is what must be done but in my case she understood. We don't have emergency sections at hospitals in Nigeria but I would like to thank Doctor Faith and Nurse Ebun who attended to me and administered the injections immediately. All i had today was noddles and egg today…Either the noddle has gone bad or something inside the spices trigged my reaction. I am really worried about the next generation and those who don't have access to good medical care. This is the 3rd time I am having a medical issue in Nigeria. The 1st 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 they are not doing what they should be doing. Providing services for the citizens SHOULD be a priority. #MySelfLoveJourney

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I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to me…I will do my best to reply everyone but i would like to explain what happened and maybe educate a few people based on my experience. But first i would like to thank @georgesmedical for all they did for me, yes i snapped at the lady at the front desk because i needed attention, she understood and got the attention of Ms Ebun who then got the attention of Doctor Faith. It was a very busy day at the hospital and patients who were waiting before me understood i was in pain. I had a case of Anaphylaxis which is a life threatening allergic reaction, symptoms are very rapid. I don't go around with an Epi-pen because my extreme reaction only happened once which was 11 years ago. Other reactions have been mild, where my drugs came to play and helped. An Epi-pen has an expiry date for 12-18months. If my reactions don't happen within that period and the Epi-pen expires, i can't use it. Hence why the amount of allergy drugs i have can last me for the next 6 months. When i moved to Nigeria i registered in 5 different hospitals that i knew would have my treatment but unfortunately, some did not have them when i needed them. I don't take my health for granted, i am the most careful human being you would meet. Yes i have to take care of myself first before anything and i do just that. "Time" was very important and i needed to reach someone who i knew would get me to a doctor directly. I could not possibly call everyone with the such time i had. To those who sent my last video to doctors, who reached out to me, i would like to say a big thank you. These are people i have not even picked up my phone to call in maybe 5 years but they say my post and sent help my way. God will BLESS you all. @georgesmedical Thank you to the entire staff @pamelajay12 Thank you @debolalagos God Bless You and Thank You Dr Sylvia Cole Thank you so much, i am yet to meet you and you calling at 4am to check up on me again God Bless You. Dr Faith and Nurse Ebun God Bless You My family is thanking everyone who called, commented, sent mesaages…God Bless You All

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2 thoughts on “KC Ejelonu, Nollywood Actress Who Escaped Amputation While Battling Edema Recounts Ordeal

  1. You suffer from allergy and prone to having Anaphylaxis reaction to egg and some other things which you may or may not know, so you should carry Epipen with you at all times. Nigeria is a dangerous place to live in if you have serious health issues. I remember a colleague’s daughter who died after Penicillin injection was administered to her and she had anaphylaxis, collapsed and died. Adrenaline which should be the first drug to administer was not available at the hospital. The nurses are not updated in how to perform CPR or trained to handle emergencies. This is very scary and one of the reasons why people with serious medical problems don’t want to move back to Nigeria to live. The wealth of the nation is in the hands of some people, they have stolen all the money meant for all of us, the country is in a mess and they and their families can afford to travel abroad for medical treatments. Nigerians have become laughingstock all over the world, yet they keep deceiving us they want to bring a change, pls where is the change? How long does it take to bring a radical change, rather thie situation getting better, it’s getting worse, young Nigerians have turned to crimes like ritual killing, kidnapping, yahoo plus etc. How can people who suffer from dementia be ruling us, they don’t have a clue on how to turn things around to bring a radical change in the country; they are afraid to step on people’s toes and are not neutral; they bring tribalism into their leadership. Health facilities are not available to the common Nigerians, I don’t know how we got to where we are and how long we will remain there or how we Nigerians have become so stupid and money conscious that we know what to do but we don’t want to do it. We keep praying for God to help us but he is not going to come down physically to act for us when he has empowered us with natural resources to use. Nigerians use your brain and stop being stupid.

  2. KC Ejelonu, thanks for sharing this information. I also appreciate the fact that you left UK in-spite of all ups and downs, stress, pain and suffering in Nigeria, trying to make a difference to your root, I mean your mother’s land. I give you credit on that. It is very rare to see a young girl of your age who had seen the difference between developed and developing world and thinking of coming to live and make impact in a country like Nigeria.

    About your illness which supposed to have been corrected by our Nigerian Doctors using simple procedure,instead they gave you an option of amputation. Thank God you made use of your wit by shipping yourself back into the UK before they could totally destroy your health. Edema is a simple illness which may be caused by circulatory system or a chronic condition in which the hearth doesn’t pump blood as well as it should, which may result in retention of fluid in legs. It may also be due to prolonged standing, sitting or eating large amounts of salt. The UK Doctor did the right thing by draining away the water from your swollen legs. I never know how this Nigerian Doctor came up with amputating option. This is one of the reasons why we need to upgrade our system in Nigeria. Also this is another area where we should pump our money by investing in our health care system for the benefits of Nigerians. We should be sending our Doctor for induction courses and training to avert bad situation like this instead of stealing and hoarding our wealth in foreign Countries. We may have to come together to make this work, one person cannot do this, it has to be joint effort by all Nigerians.

    A similar situation happened to a 10 years old boy who was born in the United States and his parents sent him to Nigeria in order for him to learn Nigeria culture but unfortunately, the boy felled ill and a Nigerian Doctor diagnosed him with appendicitis. The boy’s father said they should put on plane and fly him back into the US on arriving here the boy was examined thoroughly at John Hopkin University Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. They put him under MRI even he was diagnosed to the last part of his bone. This Hospital is one of the best in the US. They discovered that nothing like appendicitis happened or affected that boy. They only told the boy to change his diet. His father was asking about medication, they told him why should they give him medication for what?. In the US they don’t give you medication unless they diagnosed you for that illness. It was a shame that they discovered that a Nigeria Doctor diagnosed this boy and wanted to carry out operation on a 10 year old. Lack of proper diagnosis may contribute to high mortality rate in Nigeria because of carelessness by our medical personnel.

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