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Monday, January 16, 2023

Aproko Doctor Reveals How He Battled Brain Tumor

Popular medical doctor and health influencer Dr Chinonso Egemba (also known as Aproko Doctor) has revealed that he was recently diagnosed and treated for a brain tumour. He made this known through a video on YouTube where he discussed the illness and all it did to him.

Aproko Doctor 

He said, 

I have been fighting for my life. It happened that on the 5th of December, I was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, which happens to be a brain tumour.

The video he shared captured moments after his brain surgery when he was held out of the operating room. He recalled that the tumour was sitting close to his pituitary gland, which generally affected his eyesight. At a point, he could no longer see clearly with his left eye.


The funny doctor who always encourages Nigerians to lead a good life remarked that he had no idea that he would survive. Yet he went about creating health content throughout December when he was fighting for his own life.


A touching part of the video was when he recounted how a Twitter user "bantered" him for one of his health videos that if he does not live long after creating all the health content, it would be a shame. Dr Egemba said the statement kept ringing in his head while battling for his life.


 The cause of brain tumour.


It is important to note that the cause of such a brain tumour that affected Aproko Doctor will be extremely difficult to ascertain. There could be speculations around lifestyle, genes, or similar things, but those will require additional tests.


In Dr Egemba's case, he noted that he lived a healthy life to the best of his ability. He does not smoke, and neither does he take excess alcohol or eat junk. He remarked that his siblings even called him goat because he mainly ate salad, just as he exercised regularly.


So why a brain tumour? Why him? The answer is that no one knows, and it could happen to anyone.


On Pressure to go outside the country for the surgery.


Dr Egemba spoke about the Pressure he got from people who encouraged him to go outside the country for the surgery. He mentioned, however, that it was a matter of trust, and he trusted Nigerian doctors more.


He eventually got the brain surgery done at Lagoon hospital Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The team that did the surgery was led by Dr Tayo Ojo, a consultant Neurosurgeon here in Nigeria.


Dr Tayo Ojo and Dr Onyia - Consultant neurosurgeons
Dr Ojo and Dr Onyia - Neurosurgeons who led the surgery team at Lagoon hospital.

Aproko Doctor specifically took to his Twitter account to appreciate Dr Ojo's effort toward the success of the surgery while also calling for more investment in the health sector. He said, 

"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. We just need more investment in our health sector".


We kindly wish Aproko Doctor a quick recovery and all the best in his future endeavours. He's one of the patriotic voices left in the health sector.

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