Nigeria: Nigerian woman dies in United Kingdom

Nigeria: Nigerian woman dies in United Kingdom

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

On March 7 2024, a tragic incident occurred in the United Kingdom, where a 37-year-old Nigerian woman named Chidimma Ezenyili, who had been working as a caregiver, suddenly slumped and passed away two days later. The incident took place on February 22 while Ezenyili was attending to an elderly woman named Ian Hale in Scott Road.

Before migrating to the UK, Ezenyili had a background in law and had practiced in Nigeria. Alongside her husband, Friday, they had been caring for Hale for the past five months. The couple made the decision to relocate in August 2023 to provide a better future for their toddler daughter, Mandy.

According to Catherine Segal, Hale’s daughter, Ezenyili continued to perform her caregiving duties despite feeling unwell because of her commitment to her responsibilities. Segal shared the sequence of events, explaining that Ezenyili collapsed on Thursday, February 22, and became unresponsive. Her husband immediately called for help, and neighbors rushed to assist. GoodSAM first responders arrived shortly after, followed by ambulances, police, and a critical care team. They were able to stabilize Ezenyili and transport her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

At the neurosciences critical care unit of the hospital, doctors discovered that Ezenyili had suffered a severe brain hemorrhage. Despite medical efforts, her life support was turned off on February 24, and she passed away with her husband by her side.

Saul, Segal’s husband, spoke fondly of Ezenyili, describing her as a kind and considerate caregiver who was always willing to help, no matter the circumstances. He also mentioned that Ezenyili had aspirations of pursuing a career in law in the UK after her caregiving sponsorship ended. Her dream was to provide her daughter, Mandy, with the opportunities that she and Friday never had while growing up in Nigeria.

The loss of Chidimma Ezenyili is a tragic reminder of the dedication and sacrifice of caregivers who leave their home countries to provide care for others. She will be remembered for her kindness and commitment to her duties.

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