On spiritualist’s instructions, I drank urine twice daily for six months as purported cure for strange ailment – Delta lady

A 23-year-old Delta woman, Efezino Patrick, shares with GODFREY GEORGE how she was allegedly poisoned at age 13 and suffered belly distention, which precipitated her unrelenting pains for seven years earlier than assist lastly got here

  Inform us about your self.

My title is Efezino Patrick. I’m from Agbarha Otor neighborhood, Ughelli, Delta State. I’m 23 years outdated.  My mum and pa are divorced. We’re six youngsters within the household – two boys and 4 ladies. I didn’t end secondary faculty. I finished at SS 2.  I needed to cease as a result of I used to be poisoned by somebody at the moment and needed to undergo for seven years earlier than assist got here.

When precisely did this occur?

All of it started someday in March 2013. I simply awakened one morning with a horrible abdomen ache. I instructed my mum and he or she stated, maybe, I used to be about to see my menses. I used to be about 13 years outdated at the moment.  However the ache didn’t cease. It grew worse and I couldn’t even stroll. I used to be virtually begging for my life. It was excruciating. So, my mum went to the pharmacy, obtained some medication and I took them. The ache subsided a bit so I may sleep. The subsequent day, I woke as much as see that my abdomen had turn into onerous in a single day. It was now protruding and was as if I used to be pregnant.

What did you do whenever you noticed that?

My mum shortly rushed me to a close-by clinic for medical consideration. Exams and scans have been executed however the physician didn’t appear to detect something from the medical examination. He instructed my mum to hunt different opinions from non secular homes. He, nonetheless, gave me some medication to calm the pains.

On listening to this from the physician, what motion did you’re taking?

That very same day, as a result of the ache didn’t cease regardless of the medication and my abdomen had elevated in measurement, my mum determined to take me to a local dwelling to additionally discover out what was occurring. That was the place the non secular healer stated I used to be poisoned by a relative. My mum didn’t consider that as a result of I used to be solely 13. Why would anybody need to poison me? So, she took me dwelling. However she then recalled {that a} pastor had instructed her in a church that she must be cautious as a result of there was a plan by a member of the family to poison me and destroy my future.

Did you consider any of this?

Actually, I don’t know if I believed it or not. I used to be too younger to kind an opinion. I felt depressed and lonely as a result of I couldn’t exit once more. I needed to cease education. I simply stayed at dwelling and tied a wrapper round my breast. I appeared like a girl who was approaching her due date for supply. The ache was unexplainable. I felt like taking my life.

My pals then referred to as me all kinds of names. One of many native docs even stated I used to be a witch and requested me to admit. I used to be overwhelmed and compelled to admit to what I knew nothing about. It was a extremely onerous time for me. I suffered.

How supportive was your loved ones via this time?

I used to be in a position to pull via all that as a result of my mum and siblings by no means gave up on me. They stood by me and believed the whole lot I instructed them. Regardless of what folks stated they noticed about me, my mum by no means believed them. She would inform them, “My daughter is just not a witch. She is sick and she is going to get higher.” She even misplaced her marriage due to me.

How do you imply?

She was not with my organic father when this complete factor occurred. That they had separated. She was remarried to my stepdad. He was the one who left when the scenario turned dire. He stated he couldn’t deal with all that. He was even accusing my mum and siblings of being witches since they refused to consider the prophets and seers who claimed that I used to be a witch from the underworld.

Did these spiritualists reveal who precisely poisoned you?

They stated it was a member of the family. I might not like to say her title. They stated she was not glad I used to be going to high school, and that she had seen my future and needed to thwart it. I actually went via hell. Even my former classmates, who have been now in college, stopped speaking to me. They peddled all types of false rumours about me. I cried all day and all night time but nothing modified.

What different interventions did you search?

One among my mom’s pals took me to at least one spiritualist whom they stated was very highly effective. He stated I ought to drink my urine each morning once I awakened and within the night earlier than sleeping.  I did that for six months however there was no change. They gave me every kind of leaves. One natural firm, Greenlight or so, used to deliver medication for me. They charged me N40, 000 each fortnight however nothing modified. We needed to go to a different spiritualist who made tiny markings with razor blades throughout my physique, saying he needed to remove the dangerous blood. I might be totally awake and he would strip me bare and start the ritual. I might cry and cry however I had the hope that it could work. After making these cuts on me, he would apply some peppery substance on the injuries however all these issues didn’t work. One other spiritualist then used canine faeces and alcohol to make a local medication for me to drink. I drank it for a while, too, nevertheless it didn’t change something. In addition they used frog and charcoal to make medication for me to additionally take nevertheless it didn’t appear to be working in any respect. Relatively, I turned a shadow of myself. I used to be getting thinner due to the numerous issues I used to be taking. I turned hooked on alcohol as a result of all of the medication I took had alcoholic content material.

How have been you in a position to fund these treatments?

My mum offered all her wrappers and jewelry. Her enterprise folded up. She turned a industrial farmer. My siblings who have been older have been additionally supporting within the little manner they may. My organic dad was not within the image. He was married to a different lady and was a part of the individuals who stated I used to be a witch. All via that interval, I didn’t set my eyes on him. I can’t even say how a lot we spent trying to find a remedy for this drawback. It will need to have run into tens of millions. What church did we not go to? What spiritualist did we not go to? What hospital did we not go to for assist? We even went to a preferred church in Lagos and purchased some holy water for an enormous sum nevertheless it didn’t work one bit. There was no treatment I didn’t search on this life besides the one I didn’t know or was not launched to us.

If you noticed that nothing was working, how did you are feeling?

Actually, I simply instructed myself that I had tried. I knew I didn’t do something to anybody to deserve that a lot ache. After I was 19, I simply instructed myself that I used to be drained. I finished going to all these church buildings and non secular houses. I made a decision to hunt God for myself. I prayed alone and browse my Bible in my dwelling. I started to really feel that I used to be not alone in that battle. I felt considerably comforted.

How did you get remedy?

Through the time of my sickness, I by no means noticed my menses for someday. I didn’t know what it feels prefer to undergo that month-to-month cycle. Sooner or later, whereas I used to be dwelling alone, after a lot praying, I felt a pointy ache in my abdomen. It was like my time to die had come. I heard a voice in my head telling me to not transfer as a result of I might not make it out alive. I used to be so afraid. I appeared down and noticed that I used to be bleeding. Thick black blood was popping out of me and I used to be crying as a result of it was painful. I saved shouting and my mum got here and helped me. She cleaned me up. Afterward, I discovered that it was simply me seeing my menses as a result of it flowed for days earlier than it stopped. I used to be inspired that my miracle was close to. It was throughout that point that one in every of my kinfolk confessed that she was the one which poisoned me utilizing juju (black magic).

How did your abdomen return to regular?

On a kind of days once I was dwelling, I simply determined to go for one more scan. After I instructed my mum, she laughed it off as a result of I had executed over 100 totally different scans however nothing was seen. What made me so positive this one can be totally different? I simply didn’t know however I made a decision to do it alone. I obtained some cash from somebody and went to the hospital and instructed the physician on obligation I needed to do a scan. The physician, who was conversant in my case, laughed and referred me to a different clinic after doing his personal examination to meet all righteousness. My mum refused to go along with me. She stated there was no want. After I obtained there, I used to be scanned and the lab scientist stated he may see one thing. He drew it on a white paper. It was like a rock of some type mendacity in my abdomen. Simply that it was made from flesh. He instructed me to return to the primary hospital which was a specialist hospital to conduct the operation.

What was the response of the physician whenever you got here again with a scan consequence displaying that you simply had one thing in your stomach?

He didn’t consider it. He saved asking me if it was actually from a hospital. He checked and discovered that it was actual. I used to be then scheduled for a process the place I paid over N250, 000. It was executed on a Saturday in September 2019. It was profitable. The physician was so shocked that he named me Testimony. The physician stated if not that he was the one who had monitored me from when the scenario started, he wouldn’t have believed that I might be alright.

What did this expertise educate you?

I learnt that, in life, religion in God issues loads. You don’t want a pastor to put arms on you earlier than you obtain your miracle. You’ll be able to strategy God by your self. This expertise additionally taught me that it is just when issues are dangerous which you could inform who your true pals are. Many individuals walked out on me once I wanted them probably the most. I additionally learnt to by no means quit.

Out of your photos, you continue to have scars and folds in your tummy space. Does this make you are feeling insecure about your self typically?

It used to typically however I’m all the time constructive. The scars are a part of the reminiscences that I’ve. My boyfriend likes me the best way I’m. He even desires me to put on garments that can present my scars to the world. He’s pleased with me. I simply must discover ways to be proud in my very own pores and skin once more. This example stole my childhood from me.

Do you might have plans of going again to high school?

Sure, I do. I’ll take WASSCE subsequent yr. I couldn’t register for the final one. I’m into make-up and vogue. I need to be a boss of my very own and generate profits and handle the individuals who have been there for me within the time of my storm.

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