Monday, 30 November 2020

From Leg Pain To Cancer? 17 Year Old Genius, Chisom Dies

When I came across this news over the weekend I was so sad like I knew the family personally because losing a child to death is indeed a very tough blow for any parent to handle. May God continue to comfort and strengthen the family of 17 year old Chisom Chukwuneke.

She became quite popular last year for making  straights A’s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) and was also the best graduating student in her school, Graceland College Enugu.

Unfortunately, what started as a mere leg pain degenerated into Cancer and she had to be flown to South Africa where she battled for her life and unfortunately died from leukemia.

Her father, Professor Felix Chukwuneke took to Facebook to reveal her passing and his words still cause a deep ache in my heart because you can literally see the pain those words.


Just like a dream.

But the realities are crystal now

Just a pain on the leg.

That snowballed to a devastating episode,

The battle started earnestly 

I hear you call daddy my leg is paining me.

I watch as you lie abed with pains

As restless and worried as I can be,

I promised to do everything humanly possible

With glaring poor health care in Nigeria

off we went to South Africa.

We were happy at your initial recovery.

Not knowing the war was just to begin

We fought it together for more than a year in SA,

You were an embodiment of intelligence of inestimable value

Above all an indefatigable personality 

Courageous in the face of glaring uncertainty.

You were strong and philosophical

My strength and motivation even in sickness 

You wanted your dad freed while you go on to rest,

In the bosom of our Lord 

Where there is no more pain

You spoke in parables about a special gift 10 days earlier,

and left a day to my birthday.

Never did I know your special birthday gift,

You promised was your Glorious exit.

You exhibited your virtuoso and dazzling intellects, 

to the bewilderment of the doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Hospital Parktown Johannesburg South Africa

Today your name is written in Gold over there.  

Like a shining light in the tunnel,

having a dream for an African Child,

with less privilege and opportunity like you,

to access good health care.

This your dream I must ensure 

Forever the strong one’s been you.

Physically no more but everywhere with us

We are with you, you are with us

Farewell to His glory Enyinnia

Daddy’s Girl 

always in our hearts, 

you will remain.

Prof. Felix Chukwuneke

May her beautiful soul rest in peace.....*deepsigh*

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