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Fears over health of Nigerian First Lady

HEALTH ISSUES: Dame Patience Jonathan

FEARS HAVE been raised over the health of Nigeria's First Lady who hasn't been seen since she was flown to Germany to receive treatment for a mystery illness in August.

Though the presidency has refused to give the nation a clear picture of the nature of the Dame Patience Jonathan's illness, speculation is rife online. Many reports suggest she is suffering from cancer of the uterus and is being treated at Horst Schmidt Klinik in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Others claim that Patience, who is battling Parkinson disease, received treatment for a ruptured appendix at the German hospital. It is thought that she developed complication following that operation.

Fears increased after she failed to accompany her husband when he attended the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, United States.

She was also noticeably absent during various activities held to celebrate Nigeria’s 52nd independence anniversary on Monday (Oct 1).

Ayo Osinlu, the Chief Press Secretary to Mrs. Jonathan told journalists last month that she had gone to Germany to rest after the hectic schedule of presiding over the African First Ladies Mission held a few weeks prior.

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