37-Year-Old Nigerian Caregiver Slumps and Dies in UK

Chidimma Ezenyili, a 37-year-old Nigerian caregiver working in the United Kingdom, slumped on February 22 and died two days later.

According to News Express Nigeria on Wednesday, the event occurred while Ezenyili was attending to an old woman, Ian Hale, on Scott Road, which caused her to collapse while on duty.

Ezenyili was claimed to have practised law in Nigeria before moving to the UK. She had been caring for Hale for the past five months with her husband, Friday, who both relocated in August 2023 to offer a better future for their toddler daughter, Mandy.

Catherine Segal, Hale’s daughter, described the events, stating that despite feeling ill, Ezenyili persisted to perform her duties out of dedication to her responsibilities.

Hale’s daughter, Catherine Segal, said, “She (Ezenyili) was driven there by her husband with their three-year-old daughter as she wasn’t feeling well but didn’t want to let my dad down.”

Speaking further, Segal said the caregiver collapsed on Thursday, February 22, and stopped breathing and did not have a pulse. “Naturally, her husband started shouting for help. The neighbourhood raced to help. Myself and my husband ran outside along with our next-door neighbour and our neighbour from across the road. We had two GoodSAM first responders arrive shortly after to assist. The community first responder along with several ambulances, police and the critical care team arrived to take over attempts to save her life and were successful in getting her on life support in the ambulance.”

Segal said the deceased was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where doctors at the neurosciences critical care unit discovered she had suffered a severe brain haemorrhage.

In his narration, Segal’s husband, Saul said; “Sadly, life support was turned off two days later, on February 24, and she passed with her husband by her side. Suzy came here as a carer to fill a need in our community. She was qualified in law in Nigeria and was planning to attain her qualifications to practise law here after her sponsorship as a career finished. She was a really good carer. Kind, considerate and always willing to help no matter what the circumstances. Her dream was for her daughter, Mandy, to attend school in the UK and to make a new life here where she would have the opportunities that Suzy and Friday never had growing up in Nigeria.”

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