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In Loving Memory: Of Olukemi Janet Adeniyi – Failed By the Nigerian Healthcare System

To date, I wish I could find the doctor who gave her the wrong diagnosis that contributed to her liver failure and the other complications that arose. She could have lived with the condition long enough to see me get married or even have kids.

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When we lose people we love, their physical bodies may be gone but the light of the love we had for them lasts for an eternity. BellaNaija presents In Loving Memory to give everyone in our community a chance to etch the memories in stone. 

Although Toluwalonimi’s mum was a victim of poor healthcare system in Nigeria, she is grateful for the life her mother lived.

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I haven’t found the strength to completely forgive the healthcare system of Nigeria. It’s even more painful that it happened in the private healthcare which is supposed to be the ‘better system’.

I lost my mother in 2010 at the age of 13 to the cold hands of death. She left my father and three younger brothers at my care with the last born being 5 years old at the time.

She died a week after a correct diagnosis was confirmed but this was after a year of going in and out of the hospital. She was first diagnosed of Typhoid, then Yellow Fever, then Jaundice, before it was finally confirmed as Hepatitis. I watched her groan in pains day by day, losing her beauty and strength in the process.

To date, I wish I could find the doctor who gave her the wrong diagnosis that contributed to her liver failure and the other complications that arose. She could have lived with the condition long enough to see me get married or even have kids.

However in all, I’m grateful to God for a life well lived.

This is in loving memory of Olukemi Janet Adeniyi (1969 – 2010).

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