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“There are only 95 neurosurgeon in Nigeria “ – Lady reveals how she survived brain surgery

A Nigerian lady who recently had a brain surgery has revealed that there are only 95 neurosurgeons in Nigeria.

Sharing how she survived a brain surgery operation a month ago, the lady @KBUdeogu said her neurosurgeon in Port Harcourt told her there were only 95 in Nigeria and that the states with the highest numbers are; Lagos, Enugu, and Ibadan.

According to her, when she was searching for a neurosurgeon in Lagos, she was the best ones usually have a waiting lists for months.

Also, the lady narrated how she survived a brain surgery in Zanzibar after she diagnosed with Chronic Subdural Hematoma.

She wrote;

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.

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  1. You think say E dey easy to study that course? No be olodo’s dey do brain work na. Kudos to all neurosurgeons jaree

  2. I respect this Field of medicine honestly. It’s not easy.

  3. I love neurosurgeons. There’s such a deep feeling I have whenever I hear about them or see one.

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