Nigerian reporter hit by paralysis while covering Olympics

August 7th, 2008 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 7 (Xinhua) A Nigerian journalist, covering the Olympics, was hit by paralysis here Thursday while he was filing a report at the Olympic Main Press Centre (MPC). The reporter, named Edwin Diala Akalonu, received emergency treatment by a Chinese doctor at the MPC’s medical centre, and was preliminarily diagnosed as suffering from hemiplegia.

Akalonu, from Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, felt unwell Thursday afternoon with his hands ceaselessly shaking. He was then helped by two volunteers to the medical centre for help.

Chinese doctor Wang Xingwen carried out nerve examination for him, and diagnosed him as suffering from hemiplegia on the left side caused by a stroke to the right hemisphere of the brain.

“I have confidence on the Chinese doctors. I hope I’ll get well as soon as possible and get back to the Olympic reporting,” the 40-year-old told Xinhua before being carried on an ambulance towards designated Anzhen Hospital for further treatment.

Wang said Akalonu would receive an all-round examination in the Anzhen Hospital, including magnetic resonance, brain wave and haematological check-up.

Akalonu arrived in Beijing earlier August together with his two colleagues to cover the Olympics. He had suffered from high blood pressure earlier.

He was among a total of 826 patients treated by Chinese doctors at the MPC medical centre, which offers round-the-clock service for journalists, volunteers and service staff.

The medical centre has 20 experienced medical staff, and is equipped with leading devices such as absorptiometry and electrocardiogram instruments.

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