A Nigerian lady has shared how she had a medical emergency when she was holidaying in Tanzania.
The lady shared her story on Twitter and this has really captured attention on the platform with many people sharing their views.
Read her story below;
“Today is my one month surgery anniversary! I was diagnosed with Chronic Subdural Hematoma and had to have an emergency brain surgery to save my life a month ago. I’m getting better, I’m stronger. I would like to share with you all the miracle God did for me in Zanzibar.
I had been sick for a while (headaches, dizziness, tiredness), I thought I was stressed but didn’t know a lot more was happening to me. When I left work on the 23rd of Dec, I told my boss that I needed to go take care of myself. I was drained.
My sisters and I have this end of year tradition, we pick a country to go to for the holidays. For 2020, Somehow we decided on Tanzania very late. My sister in Nigeria and I didn’t really want to go there, so we were just “escorting” the one in the UK who wanted to badly.
We were having issues with the visa, we had to move flights (we ended up paying the most expensive tickets I’ve ever paid for plane tickets), I was very sick and so pissed but somehow went because I thought the rest and adventure will be good for my health.
Before we left Nigeria on the 31st of January, I went to a hospital in Lagos and told them my symptoms, the doctor examined me, took my sample for blood work, saw the results and said everything was fine with me. Gave me some meds and cleared me to travel.
The meds made me feel better for a couple of days. I was a bit ok in Dar, not to bad the first couple of days in Arusha, problem started when one of my meds finished in Arusha and I decided to manage just one until I got the other the next day.
By the next day my headache was making me feel like I was running mad, so I went to get the other meds, couldn’t find the brand I was given but was given a similar one. By the time we got to Zanzibar, I was a wreck, could barely do anything.
At our first hotel in Zanzibar, my sister had to take a bike, to find my meds because all I was asking for was my meds. Another, I was losing my memory. Constantly holding my head, couldn’t walk properly, by the time we got to our last hotel (Tembo Hotel), I passed out.
My sisters tried to revive me and couldn’t. So they rushed me to a private clinic close to the hotel. I slipping in and out of consciousness for the next two days. Blood work done again, nothing wrong with me. Then a CT scan was done and they saw the problem.
They told me I had Chronic Subdural Hematoma and needed to be operated on immediately but that they couldn’t do it, my sisters had to take me to the government hospital to see if they could help me. When my sisters asked if they could fly me to Dar, the doctor said not advised.
This was on the 10th, the day we were supposed to be flying back to Dar and then back to Lagos and London on the 12th. They took me to the govt hospital, which didn’t really look so encouraging but they met an amazing Neurosurgeon, who convinced them that everything will be fine.
My sisters weren’t convinced to do the surgery, they called my younger brother who told them there was nothing anyone could do, they should trust the Neurosurgeon and everyone should go and pray. And boy, did my sisters cry and pray lol.
The surgery was successful, I was in the ICU for two days, no more headaches, memories coming back to me. Then I was moved to the general ward and after two days I was discharged. Walking, talking and no more symptoms. Just the general feeling that something had happened to you.
On the 20th we left Zanzibar for Dar, our flight was a very small plane (I had no problem). Then we flew from Dar to Nairobi (was in Nairobi for 12 hours) then from Nairobi to Lagos. Even though I was weak, I could walk by myself, I was fine.
The two times that I wept was first, when I left the ICU for general ward, I cried the whole day, that was the day it finally dawned on me that I had almost died. And when I got to Lagos, I couldn’t believe I could make all those flights and still be fine, but I was.
So yeah, the Miracle. If I had stayed back in Nigeria, I’m very sure I would have died. The doctor I met in Lagos told me the same thing, he told me it was a miracle I didn’t die. If it had happened in Lagos and I needed an emergency brain surgery, I would have died.
For PH, there’s only one Neurosurgeon in Rivers State and she took her first break in 10 years this period. So if it had happened to me there, where would I have found a neurosurgeon for my emergency?
In Zanzibar, the hotel where I stayed was a 10 minutes walk to the hospital that had the only Neurosurgeon in Zanzibar. We stayed in a lot of hotels, from Dar to Arusha and the Zanzibar. Tembo hotel was our last hotel before going back to our various destinations.
My original travel date was 28th to 6th but the whole visa issue made us move it to 31st to 12th lol. Another miracle for me was that the surgery was done free, yes FREE OF CHARGE! I couldn’t believe it myself. A lot of people don’t believe it either because how???
You see, cos of the visa issue and how crazy expensive the tickets were, we didn’t buy travel insurance. And we were at the tail end of our trip, we didn’t have any more cash. Then I couldn’t use my Nigerian cards abroad, couldn’t find a way to send money out of Nigeria either.
God took me to a government hospital were health care was free and they didn’t have a policy to charge anyone, not even foreigners. I’m still in awe honestly, I’m still in awe. I would like to thank Mnazi Mmoja hospital and the government of Zanzibar, you are incredible.
I would like to thank the amazing Dr Said who saved my life. The brilliant Dr Hassan, Dr Ismail, Dr Said Jnr, Nurses Hadiya, Mussa, Suleiman, Farsi. My Anesthesiologist. Student Nurses Abubakar, Rumi, Dulaifa and the other one. My little friend Yummnah. You were all wonderful.
I would like to also the staff and management of Tembo Hotels. Jav and Rahim of Tembo, you’re angels. I cannot begin to describe what they did for my sisters and I. They went above and beyond. The people of Zanzibar, I love you all. The kindest humans on planet earth.
To my sisters Chidinma @deo_cindyblac and Chimkasi @Chimkasii I wouldn’t want to walk this earth without you. They told the god of death; Not Today. Thank you. Thank you so much. To our friend Joyce @DIYWITHJOY God bless you.
To all my friends, family, friends of my sisters and brother, all the people that prayed for me, God bless you. I love you too. To Patrick, you’re amazing, thank you for being amazing.”