On Wednesday, a family source revealed that Governor Akeredolu passed away in Lagos. Despite efforts to fly him abroad for treatment, he was managed by State House doctors until his demise.
“He was 67 years old. Last week, they were scrambling to find dialysis machines for him in his undisclosed location in Lagos,” the source disclosed.
The ailing governor, who returned to Nigeria in September after a three-month medical leave in Germany, recently went on another medical leave as directed by President Bola Tinubu. During his absence, Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa has been serving as the Acting Governor.
Following his return to Nigeria in September, Governor Akeredolu faced criticism for governing from Ibadan, Oyo State, instead of his official residence in Ondo. On July 9, his wife, Betty, announced the suspension of activities planned for her 70th birthday amid concerns about the celebration’s appropriateness given her husband’s health issues.
“Hello Family and Friends. This is to inform you that all activities lined up to mark my 70th birthday are hereby suspended till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this development.”
“Nevertheless, be assured that I will be celebrated in style upon my return. Thank you for your understanding. I remain Arabinrin a.k.a Ada Owere I,” she tweeted.
“The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has leukemia, he is really down,” one of the sources in the Alagbaka Government House revealed at that time.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood caused by a rise in the number of white blood cells in the body.
For sufferers, the white blood cells crowd out the red blood cells and platelets needed by the body to stay healthy.
White blood cells are potent infection fighters which grow and divide in an orderly way, as the body needs them. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces an excessive amount of abnormal white blood cells, which don’t function properly.
It is a cancer of blood-forming tissues that hinders the body’s ability to fight infections.
The types that exist include acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Treatment for leukemia can be complex depending on the type of leukemia and other factors.
However, some strategies and resources can help make treatment successful.
According to WebMD Cancer Center, its symptoms may include weakness or fatigue, bruising or bleeding easily, fever or chills, infections that are severe or keep coming back, and pain in your bones or joints.
Others may include headaches, vomiting, seizures, weight loss, night sweats, shortness of breath, and swollen lymph nodes or organs like the spleen.