What is pleural effusion? Special Tribute to Erhuvwu Beauty Obireh by Dare Lasisi

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Thinking With Dare Lasisi…

Where do I start this story today without sounding too petty? How best to pass my message to Facebook friends to look after their health without acting as Mr.Know All? I won’t drag my readers to either Sambisa or Karamo forest.
I won’t comb the forest, searching for any four-legged rodent. Let me break the ice from the cold city of Glasgow in Scotland.

Let’s talk about oral hygiene or let me just say looking after our mouth and teeth in a simple language.

About 3 years ago, one ‘spirit’ whispered to my right ear and I used my own hand to forcefully remove two teeth disturbing my peace of mind, not a sweet experience! Don’t ever try it. Whenever I spit or brush my teeth , blood must come out.

It is not so cheap to visit a dentist in the United Kingdom, except if you’re a pensioner, disabled, job seekers (on benefits), pregnant woman or below the age of 16, then free dental treatment for you.

My wife (when pregnant with Adam) enjoyed free dental treatment in London and Glasgow but nothing for me except if ready to pay over £150!
I was unable to use one side of my mouth to eat. I endured excruciating pain for many days.

The rest is now history.

To cut the long story short, I recently saw an advert in a local newspaper in Glasgow that University of Glasgow (Dentistry Department) needs volunteers(not registered with any UK dentist) to help their students in research. I responded to the advert (Ma koja mi Olugbala…) and I was contacted by somebody from the University.
A form was posted to my residential address to fill my details and to check my health record in the United Kingdom. Sorted and settled. Appointment (for free treatment!) booked for next week.

Some months ago, I visited a dentist in Glasgow, after checking all my teeth, the beautiful Scottish lady gave me the bill of £120! She said two remnants of broken teeth still embedded or trapped in my gum must be urgently removed ! I did not return to the clinic for further treatment. I received a letter this week, reminding me of the dental surgery.
My brain quickly clicked on how I used a ‘radical’ method(IBINU) to remove my two painful teeth! Don’t follow my style…. Very painful!

Dentistry students of the University of Glasgow shall use my teeth(and body) for an experiment under the strict supervision of one dental surgeon (a Professor!).
I once thought of visiting a qualified dentist in Lagos, at least he/she cannot charge me over N50,000(£100) to remove two broken teeth and re-fill some areas.

I woke up this morning to read from Uncle Richard Akinola II about the death of a young brilliant Nigerian lady (Erhuvwu Beauty Obireh) who recently bagged a postgraduate degree in Journalism from a Russian university. I checked through all her Facebook updates and comments. No doubt but to conclude that she was a very talented writer with an undiluted passion for humanity and also abundantly blessed with high sense of uncommon humour, so sad she was not among my Facebook friends but a mutual friend with many of my regular Facebook friends.

Her last post on Facebook reads:

To say Russia is unarguably one of the coldest countries in the world is an understatement. This young Nigerian lady endured this wicked cold and time to enjoy the fruits of her hard labour, death killed her! Medical record or the cause of events leading to her demise after completing her Masters degree in a Moscow University cannot be published but a vague clue suggested a pleural effusion can be suspected.

During extreme cold weather in the United Kingdom, I always cover my chest and two ears as if going to the battlefield. When I learnt that almost one litre of green fluid was extracted from her chest at the hospital, my mind instantly flashed through the cold city of Moscow.
I love Russia, not because of the extremely cold weather or mountains of snowfalls but because of CHESS, a national game for the Russians. I repeat again, Chess.

This game is like a religion in Russia and the country has the highest number of Chess grandmasters in the world. Ask Google for details.

But in 1972, Uncle Bobby Fischer, my evergreen chess hero, broke the monopoly of Russians in Chess for over 40 years when he degraded, humiliated and disgraced their best champion, Boris Spassky, in Iceland. The Russians are yet to forgive Fischer till today.

Let’s remember this young lady and her parents in our prayers. May God grant her eternal rest in paradise. That’s life. Nobody is too young or too old to die.

To end this long story, always go for regular medical checks even if you’re not sick. Eat nutrient-loaded food, exercise your body or walk around your area.

What is pleural effusion?

Pleural effusion, also called water on the lung, according to Wikipeadia is an excessive buildup of fluid in the space between your lungs and chest cavity.
Thin membranes, called pleura, cover the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity. There’s always a small amount of liquid within this lining to help lubricate the lungs as they expand within the chest during breathing.
Certain medical conditions can cause a pleural effusion.

Pleural effusions are common, with approximately 1 million cases diagnosed in the United States every year, according to the American Thoracic Society. It’s a serious condition associated with an increased risk of death. In one study, 15 percent of hospitalized people diagnosed with pleural effusions died within 30 days.

How does pleural effusion develop?

The pleura creates too much fluid when it’s irritated, inflamed, or infected. This fluid accumulates in the chest cavity outside the lung, causing what’s known as a pleural effusion.
Certain types of cancer can cause pleural effusions, lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women being the most common.
Other causes of pleural effusions include:

congestive heart failure (the most common cause overall)

cirrhosis or poor liver function

pulmonary embolism, which is caused by a blood clot and is a blockage in the lung arteries

complications from open-heart surgery


severe kidney disease

autoimmune diseases, such as lupusand rheumatoid arthritis.

Again. Let’s remember this young lady and her parents in our prayers. May God grant her eternal rest in paradise. That’s life. Nobody is too young or too old to die. So sad.


By Dare Lasisi

Credit: Facebook,, Wikipeadia.

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