by Rachel Ogbu
A cancer specialist and national co-ordinator, National Cancer Prevention Programme, NCPP, Dr. Kin Egwuonu said the late advertising practitioner, May Nzeribe died from complications resulting from a long journey to India and not from cancer itself.
After analysis, Egwuonu revealed that Nzeribe suffered from thrombosis of the veins, often described as “economy class syndrome” for airplane, car, or train travel, which causes blood clots to form in the veins. This was the fatal medical problem triggered by his prolonged sitting during the airplane journey to India, where he went to seek treatment.
He said Nzeribe did not die as a direct result of the prostate cancer which he had battled for years; rather, he died from multiple organ failure as a result of the long trip.
“He went for cancer treatment but ended up with a bigger problem. When somebody is having cancer, the blood thickens and clots easily and because of this complication from the long flight, he developed multiple organ failure. This is why it is not very okay for people that are not very well to undertake such a long journey.
“The complications from the long flight was so severe that specialists at the Indian hospital where he went for cancer treatment could not even treat him anymore. They took him to the Intensive Care Unit and the Indian doctors wanted to bring him back to Nigeria, but he died there.”