Njie Enow Ebai, a journalist working for Crtv, Cameroon's national radio station, nearly lost his life on the special flight carrying his country's national team to Johannesburg on 10 November. He owes his life to the Cameroon team doctor. The journalist posted this statement after recovering from the malaise.
On Wednesday 10 November 2021, about two hours into a special flight chartered for Cameroon's men's football team from Yaounde to Johannesburg ahead of a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Malawi, I suffered an allergy after consuming some shrimps.
I always eat shrimps and this was the first time I was dealing with this.
This quickly developed into an anaphylactic shock preceded by intense vomiting and swollen eyes.
My nostrils and throat got blocked and I could barely gasp for air.
As my situation worsened, the cabin crew raised the idea of a forced landing for a medical evacuation.
As my breathing dwindled and I became weaker thousands of feet above sea level, it dawned on me that perhaps this could be my last day on earth.
The Chief Medical Officer of the Indomitable Lions, Prof. William NGATCHOU calmly intervened with two injections which I presume is the reason why I am alive to write this testimony.
Prof.William NGATCHOU saved my life
During this ordeal, the President of Cameroon's Football Federation FECAFOOT, Seidou MBOMBO NJOYA stayed close concerting with the medical staff and the cabin crew on the best way to help me.
Even in what I immediately thought could be a perilous situation, I felt comforted having players of the national team show such great support especially captain Vincent ABOUBAKAR, midfielders Franck ZAMBO ANGUISSA and Samuel OUM GOUET.
Between last night and today, I've received exceptional medical attention from Prof NGATCHOU and I'm feeling great right now.
I want to extend my gratitude to the Indomitable Lions Chief Medical Officer, Prof William NGATCHOU for his incredible dedication and steadfastness.
I also want to thank the President of Cameroon's football Federation FECAFOOT, Seidou MBOMBO NJOYA who's shown great concern calling several times to inquire about my health.
I'm grateful to the head of mission Simon LYONGA and my colleagues who despite the inconvenience of having one of theirs with such a sudden health worry kept their nerves.
Also my regards to Cameroon's head coach Antonio CONCEICAO, his deputy Francois OMAM BIYIK, his entire staff and the Indomitable Lions for their care.
Immense thanks as well to the entire CAMAIRCO Cabin Crew that was very helpful and professional.
Above all Glory and Thanks to GOD ALMIGHTY for His Mercies.
I'm in great shape now and ready to commentate Saturday's game.
NJIE ENOW Ebai "The Razzmatazz