“Doctors said I could get blind or have brain damage” – Boma recounts life-threatening experience with sinusitis
Big Brother Naija star and actor, Boma Akpore, is grateful to be alive after battling a chronic sinus infection.
In a lengthy Instagram post recounting the life-threatening experience, the reality star stated that he contracted COVID-19 in December 2020, which resulted in a terrible sinus infection.
He revealed he had to undergo surgery because the infection had gotten worse over the years and had blocked half of his right face and nostril and was only breathing from his left nostril.
According to him, doctors had told him that the infection had already spread to the back of his head and he could get blind or have brain damage as the procedure was a head surgery really close to the brain.
Boma had the surgery on May 13; there was a worrisome moment when he didn’t wake up for three and a half hours following the procedure, but thankfully he is now back on his feet.
Recounting the experience, he wrote,
“In 2020 December 2, I caught COVID-19 which led to me to having a terrible sinus infection. Prior to then I have never had any sinus issues for more than 3 days. Then I got extremely busy going from One film set to another in the US, then I came to Nigeria and stayed for another 6 months due to being on big brother naija and other press duties I had to attend.
Afterwards I decided to return home to New York, all these while the sinus issue hasn’t given me any relive almost 1 year after. I decided to see an allergist and between January and March 2021, I have had multiple doctors appointments and test which the scan results came back very unpleasant. Half of my right face/nostril was blocked and I was only breathing from my left nostril. At this stage I wake up with mucus from my right nostril every single day.
At this point , my only option was to have a surgery as recommended by my Doctor. Surgery date was set for April 12. Suddenly I booked a movie role in Nigeria and shooting starts April 8, my team and I decided to postpone the surgery till after the shoot. While I was in Nigeria the reunion date was also set, so I killed both birds with 1 stone. As soon as the last episode was shot I took the next flight back to NYC May 7, to prepare for my surgery May 13.
Doctor said the infection had already spread to the back of my head and I was told I could get blind or have brain damage has it was a head surgery really close to the brain and I got was extremely scared. The surgery started at 6.30am and was due to be done 12pm, but I couldn’t wake up for another 3 1/2 hours, mehnnn, everyone was scared.
I just want everyone to thank God for my life. After 2 months I’m back in the gym, 6th slide was me working out yesterday July 20th 2022 and ready to work again. God is good.
I want to urge everyone to always check in with your doctors when having an usual feeling or sickness. Health is wealth!
PS: The grey area on the scan photo is the blocked part of my Face/Nostril. Big thanks to my friends and loved ones that took care of me when I was sick, May almighty God meet you at your point of needs 🙏🏾”.