Doctor at the West Kendall Baptist Hospital in South Florida, Miami, USA, were able to save a 29-year-old Nigerian woman, Nidi Ojobo, from losing one of her legs.
On Wednesday afternoon, January 15, Nidi Ojobo got a standing ovation from the medical team, as she was now walking on her own after an injury in Nigeria that had doctors recommending amputation of one of her legs.
Before she came to Miami in 2015, she had already undergone multiple surgeries in multiple continents with each doctor telling her amputation was the best option for living a normal life.
However, Ojobo wouldn’t accept that, saying: “Everywhere I was going to, they were telling me they had to amputate the leg. I just want to say how grateful I am. I will never forget them in my life. I don’t know how to pay them back.”
Surrounded by her doctor and physical therapist, Dr Charles Jordon (Orthopedic surgeon), who disclosed that Ojobo was overcome with emotion knowing the months of hard work paid off.
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He said: “When patients are motivated and work hard, they can overcome any odds. We actually had a long talk. Multiple times, she came into my office. Two or three times, and we spent at least an hour each time just talking about how hard it would be to even attempt to do this without knowing if it was going to work. Things like this, events like this are just a testament to the team we have here, how hard everyone works, to make people get better.”
Ojobo’s physical therapist, Janet Acosta also said that: “She had a metal frame around her leg, she barely walked with crutches. She went from almost crying every session that she would come in, not wanting me to touch her leg, to slowly walking. I am very happy with her progress. I’m proud that we were able to help her, and she’s going to be able to lead a normal life.”
Ojobo said she will head back to Nigeria, where she’s aspiring to become a hair dresser.