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