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Carl Ikeme opens new cancer care unit in UK hospital



Carl Ikeme

Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was at Solihull Hospital, England where he opened a new chemotherapy unit alongside Black Sabbath rock legend Tony Iommi on Tuesday.

Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, recently announced via social media that he was in complete remission after a year of ‘intense’ chemotherapy.

Making his first public appearance since that announcement, the 32-year old looked healthy as he joined Iommi to open the unit.

The 31-chair and £2.2 million-worth unit, which will improve provision for cancer patients, will be known as the Solihull Haematology and Oncology Day Unit.

Tony and Carl were then taken on a tour of the new facilities by Dr Manos Nikolousis, consultant haematologist and clinical director for haematology and oncology.

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“I’m really pleased to see Carl looking really healthy and making sure we did the best for Carl and all the patients we have,” Nikolousis, the doctor who first diagnosed Ikeme, told reporters in Britain.

“For somebody who has had treatment and understands exactly how things work in chemotherapy, for us is a massive thing. And for the patients.

“They actually see well known people have treatment and to understand how they feel, and how they feel about cancer and cancer care.

“(Support for Carl) is all over the world. You saw in the World Cup with Iceland having their shirts signed for Carl, I think there’s massive support.

“It’s a worldwide perception about cancer care – everybody understands how cancer patients can feel and how important it is to give them support and the love they need undergoing treatment with chemotherapy which is a very intensive treatment.

“It’s really nice to see all the people getting involved in cancer care.”

Ikeme was an unregistered ’24th member’ of the Super Eagles squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


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