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IMG-20160208-WA0001A BN contributor sent this story to us and we immediately contacted Efena to share her story. We hope that our readers can pitch in their resources to help.

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On the 21st day of April 2014, one single catastrophic event completely altered my universe. In one moment, my whole life drastically changed. A reckless driver caused a horrible car accident that had severe consequences. After numerous tests and scans, the diagnosis given was a complete T4 spinal cord injury which in ‘regular person speak’ meant I could not feel anything from the waist down. We were told that there was very little chance of ever walking again and that the road to recovery would be long, hard and punishing. My family, friends and I were beyond devastated at this news.

My life came to a screeching halt and I was torn from everything I knew. I was an Asset Manager at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with a background in Economics and Politics (BSc.) from the University of Bristol, England and a concentration in Development Studies (MSc.) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I loved travelling, writing, poetry, art, architecture, the world of movies and TV shows, running, yoga and Pilates. Now with this prognosis, being labelled a paraplegic meant I was confined, restricted and immobilised.

Suddenly, I was a baby once again. I had to re-learn how to sit up and balance at the edge of the bed, be taught how to dress myself and I had to learn how to roll over. It seemed like a never-ending nightmare I could not escape from.

Physiotherapy became a constant and I spent hours in hospital gyms and rehab facilities trying to build up my upper body strength, learning how to execute perfect tranfers from the wheelchair to any surface and preventing my leg muscles from dying. Without the tireless guidance from the physical therapists and the aid of the different breakthrough assistive devices and technology such as standing frames, exoskelton machines that enable me to walk etc., I would not be where I am today.

To get the best chance of total recovery from my current state of paralysis, I desperately need a specific equipment that I can use at home. Continuous use of rehab programs at Wellington Hospital, London, Project Walk San Diego and Beyond Therapy, Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia has been essential but the bills have and are piling up.IMG-20150212-WA0008

This GoFundMe campaign www.gofundme.com/efenaotobo is aimed at securing the funds to:

  1. Purchase an exoskeleton which is an assistive device that enables me to stand and walk. By using an exoskeleton on a regular basis, my muscles and nerves in my legs and brain will begin to ‘wake up’ and get strong enough so that reliance on the machine to walk will become a distant memory. Cost of ranges between $80,000 – $100,000.
  2. Buy the Whill motorised wheelchair which will enable me to transport and wear the exoskeleton for outside excursions. The current wheelchair I own is too narrow for the exoskeleton to fit. The Whill costs about $10,000.
  3. Acquire a standing frame and other necessary rehab equipment needed on a daily basis to ensure the maintenance of core and arm strength, flexibility and bone density which are steps towards full recovery. Cost of standing frame and other equipment $12,000 – $15,000.
  4. Buy a FES bike which is an electrical stimulation bicycle used to increase muscle tone and activity in the legs $20,000.
  5. Pay for rehab costs and travel expenses till year end $65,000.
  6. Cover the cost of daily medical consummables $25,000

(N.B. All costs given are conservative estimates).
Efena's Medical
I need your help while on this journey to total healing. Every single cent, penny and kobo counts and will be directed towards any rehabilitation costs and purchase of physical therapy equipment.

Thank you all in advance for your kindness, generosity and open hearts. Please support me on this journey. Go to www.gofundme.com/efenaotobo.

The video titled “Efena’s Story: Overcoming paralysis one step at a time” below tells my story:

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12 Comments

  1. G!

    February 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I applaud your spirit Efena. May God provide the resources and grant the healing. Amen.

    • Dare

      February 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      She is Maje Ayida niece …..i am suprised Toke hasnt done a post about her story instead of those are irrelevant vlogs abt man man man

    • BabyDee

      February 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      And if there was no love between Toke and this niece (and her parents – some of us remember the battle from yester years between Toke and Maje’s sisters) even before Maje & Toke’s marriage collapsed, would she still be obligated to do a Vlog about this? I don’t think so.
      Let’s stop dragging other people unnecessarily into matters that are of no concern to them. Do the necessary thing, go and make YOUR own contribution & stop worrying about what someone else does with her own time/space/business.

      -BabyDee

    • Hafsat

      February 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Can you please not take away from the focus of this post? Don’t cloud the issue here with a comment that is not going to encourage others to support this girl getting back on her feet. The talk of Toke and Maje has no place here.

    • Lagos is my home

      February 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Story very close to home as i know Efena…
      Pleased you posted the story BN. I hope BN readers click on the gofund me and support

    • Mirabelle

      February 19, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Efena, your video is so full of life. Where others would have been depressed, it’s obvious you are fighting! Well done! Now going to your gofundme page to make my little contribution.

  2. jhennique

    February 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Oh wow! oh Wow!

  3. Eugenia

    February 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Our ever faithful Lord will perfect ur healing in Jesus Mighty Name.

  4. LizzyTheDIYLady

    February 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Totally here rooting for you Efena. So glad to see and feel your strength and faith in God. You shall overcome.

  5. Raymond

    February 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

    This could have happened to anyone. Especially in Lagos that is so lawless. People drink and drive every time. That’s how that other girl from London also got killed in December. Miss Efena I’m currently unemployed so to send money in pounds is a bit difficult but I hope those that can afford to find it in their heart and make the time to contribute. God speed.

  6. Manny

    February 19, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I watched Efena do those push-ups and I was like go girl!!!! Such determination such strength.
    Please people the goal might seem a lot but every penny adds up.

  7. mama dazel

    February 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

    God bless you

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