A teenager, Chisom Chukwuneke, who got straight ‘A’s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, has died.
Chukwuneke made straights A’s in the regional exam and emerged the best student from her school, Graceland College, Enugu last year.
According to information, she was said to have died of It was learnt that she died blood cancer, despite showing signs of recovery.
A photo of her as she sat on her hospital bed has been circulating online ever since.
Her obituary reveals she died on October 18 in a hospital in South Africa.
Confirming her death, her alma mater wrote on its Facebook page, “Forever in our hearts! Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint you left in our Hall of Fame. A truly outstanding student! Rest In Peace Chisom!”
Chisom’s father, Felix Chukwuneke, equally took to his Facebook page to narrate how his daughter’s sickness started, explaining that it all began with leg pain.
He wrote in a tribute to his daughter, “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 pain.
“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, philosophical.
“My strength 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 gift you promised was your glorious exit. You exhibited virtuoso and dazzling intellects to the bewilderment of the doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Hospital, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa.”
Also known as leukaemia, blood cancer is a disease that sees the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce more immature or abnormal leukocytes. This subdues the production of normal blood cells.
Chisom is scheduled for burial on Tuesday, December 1, in Okpuno village, Umuogali, Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State