Chinonso Egemba, also known as Aproko Doctor, spoke candidly about his battles with a brain tumor. He revealed on his social media accounts that he was partially blind as a result of his brain tumor, which was discovered on December 5th.
In a video now circulating online, he said, “One thing to understand is that health issues can happen to you regardless of who you are, including me. For the past three weeks or two weeks, I have been fighting for my life. Some of you have no idea. It happened that I was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma which is a brain tumor…I had no idea I would be sharing my story.”
“Here I am sitting on this seat sharing my own story about how I had a tumor in my brain. It was so bad that I couldn’t read out of my phone anymore; to the point where this eye, I couldn’t read with it and it was also closing. They said it is a Craniopharyngioma and we need to do surgery to remove it.”
Throughout December 2022, Aproko Doctor fought the sickness in silence before undergoing surgery to remove the brain tumor. After the surgery was a success, he explained why, in spite of his friends’ and family’s protests, he had not sought medical care abroad.
Aproko Doctor, “It was Dr. Tayo Ojo, a neurosurgeon here in Nigeria that did the surgery. So many people begged me to leave the country and get the surgery done but something kept me back here; because I still had trust in us.
Dr. Tayo Ojo is the man behind the success of his surgery. He is a consultant Neurosurgeon at LUTH and the Lagoon hospital. Regarded as one of the best neurosurgeons in Africa, Dr. Tayo Ojo won the Young Neurosurgeon Award at the 2013 World Federation of Neurosurgeon Societies.
He persisted in having the operation in Nigeria despite the opposition from his family and friends for one reason – his confidence in the country’s healthcare system.
According to him, a successful nation is defined by the success of its education and health sectors. Although Nigeria is far behind in the development of both sectors, he believed that it will catch-up with sufficient investment.
Grateful for his rapid recovery, Aproko doctor vowed to dedicate his life to the success of the Nigerian health sector.