A Toronto Canada-based Nigerian, Fadesola Adedayo, who recently returned to Nigeria to raise awareness against Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), the rare skin condition that killed his brother, Adeyosola, on March 20, 2012, in Lagos, six months after the birth of his son, has completed a 17-day marathon walk in memory of his late brother.
Adeyosola, a UK-trained medical doctor, was administering free community health services when he noticed blood on his hands after treating an HIV patient.
He took medication to prevent HIV infection and experienced a severe skin reaction. In two weeks, he was dead. He was 27.
Fadesola, a marathoner, began a 717km-long trek against the spread of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) from Abuja on May 13, finished at about 1.30p.m., on Monday in Lagos, at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota. He later told newsmen that his efforts were bound to yield dividends to combat the SJS.
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Stevens – Johnson syndrome, a form of toxic epidermal necrolysis, is a life-threatening skin condition, in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis.
The condition is most often a severe reaction to some medications.