Popular Nigerian music producer and artiste, Babatunde Okungbowa, aka OJB Jezreel, who had a life-saving kidney transplant last year, is said to be in a fresh health trouble as his kidney has reportedly collapsed again. After battling with post-surgery recuperation in the last eight months, OJB was said to have been rushed to a General Hospital in Lagos two weeks ago, where he was diagnosed and confirmed to have acute renal failure and was subsequently admitted.
The doctors insisted that he must undergo at least five dialysis before they would ascertain the next line of action.
A source said: “The medical experts who attended to OJB at the Lagos hospital were shocked at the sudden relapse despite last year’s successful kidney transplant. They chided him for not going back to India for post-surgery check-ups as specified by the team of Indian doctors in the medical report given to him”.
The source added that the award winning music producer after that opened up to the doctors about his poor financial state, saying it had prevented him from making at least two check-up visits to India since his kidney transplant.
We learnt that his financial state had become so bad that even his family was struggling to buy some vital prescribed drugs. The prescribed five dialysis at the Lagos hospital had to be delayed for several days also while his family members, led by his first wife, Mrs. Mabel Okungbowa, ran from pillar to post to raise the needed funds.
While the delay was on, OJB’s illness was said to have entered another level, which made him to be saying things that were not comprehensible, which is said to be a symptom associated with failure to dilate a collapsed kidney on time. He was equally uncovered to be down with acute diabetes, caused by one of the drugs he has been placed on for over one year, at the hospital. And the doctors had to resort to giving him regular injections to checkmate the insulin-induced diabetes.
To make the matter more worrisome, one week after OJB was taken to the hospital, his other two wives, Amar and Korede, were said to have stayed away from the hospital, leaving only the first wife, Mabel, to be running around to save their husband’s life.
Showbiz and More called Korede, OBJ’s third wife on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 and she said: “I don’t want to say anything about it unless he talks about it (illness) himself. Have you called him? Because I’ve not seen the story and he has even warned me not to talk to anyone about it. He knew people will call me about it. So, please, I don’t want to have anything to do with it unless he talks about it himself. He warned me and I have to respect and obey my husband”.
Last year, it was Mabel who donated one of her kidneys to her husband when the other wives’ kidneys did not match his own. But now, OJB’s condition is said to be so bad that the doctors who are attending to him have fears over his survival. We later called him on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to confirm the situation of his health, but he was deliberately pressing the busy button on his mobile phone, refusing to take our call.
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