Nkechi Colwell: British nurse who took mentally challenged people off the streets of Abia
- A British nurse identified as Nkechi Rosalind Colwell served a community in Abia state for more than 35 years
- The woman was picking mentally challenged people off the streets and admitting them into a home for the mentally ill
- She, however, suffered a massive stroke and had to go back to the United Kingdom
A Nigerian man identified as Uche Anyanwagu came across a British nurse who left the comfort of her home in the United Kingdom to serve a community in Abia state.
The British nurse identified as Nkechi Rosalind Colwell came to Uzuakoli in Abia state as a young nurse and served in the Leper Colony there.
Uche said after a church service in London sometime back, the woman accosted him and they both had a conversation in Igbo.
In the course of their conversation Uche told the nurse he was from Abia and the latter told him she worked in the state for more than 35 years.
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According to Uche, as she wanted to tell him about herself and her works, his mind quickly went down memory lane and asked if she was Nkechi Rosalind Colwell.
Uche said: "She nodded but this time in tears. I rushed and knelt down before her and hugged her in tears.
"Angels come in human forms and I was so sure I just met one."
Uche said the British nurse opened a home for the mentally ill at Amaudo, Itumbauzo and went round the whole of Abia state, picking up and admitting mentally challenged people into the home.
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He added: "They got medical care, learnt a skill and some were rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society."
The woman was said to have suffered a massive stroke attack at Itumbauzo which left her partially paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.
Uche wants the British woman to be duly recognised for her humanitarian works in Nigeria.
In other news, Chiagozie Nweke, a physically challenged boy, has brought good fortunes to his family after he was found by Honourable Ipoola Ahmed Omisore, a former Lagos lawmaker.
The former lawmaker decided to help the little boy after a photo of him emerged on social media, in which he could be seen hawking sachet water despite his disability.
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