A former beauty queen, Marian Adejokun, 24, who once came second in a Miss Teen Africa beauty pageant, was left in a coma for a month after a severe reaction to eye drops medication.
The reaction led to Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes which caused the top layer of her skin to shed and die.
According to Mirror.co.uk, the nightmare began 5 years ago when Marian, complained of an itchy eye, and her GP directed her to the chemist for some eye drops. She woke up the following morning with lumps all over her body and was rushed to hospital, where her skin began to shed.
She was soon after put into a medically induced coma, and doctors told her mum she may not survive. She later recovered and went on to complete a degree in early childhood studies at the University of Roehampton.
According to Marian,
Unknown to me, I had a rare, deadly allergy to eye drops and shockingly, after using it, all of my skin peeled off from head to toe. I see my story as a positive one. I believe this will inspire a lot of youths to be grateful for what they have.
Even more so, to fulfill their purpose in life and be a blessing to someone else. My motto is ‘believe in yourself and follow your dreams. When I was in the intensive care unit, crying in pain, all I thought of was coming home. I’ve overcome a lot of in my life. Losing my skin because of an eye drop is just another obstacle I’ve made it through. I am so happy to be alive and share my unique story.
But brave Marian later recovered from the illness and went on to complete a degree in early childhood studies at the University of Roehampton. I am so happy to be alive and share my unique story.”
No matter what the struggles may be, one has to believe in themselves and have a positive attitude towards life.