Maryanne Michael proudly posed for photos showing her recently amputated arm, giving social media the feels after the fifth day of adjusting to the amputation.
Admiration and respect for Maryann’s strength, bravery and grace in the face of adversity poured in from all over social media, as South Africans praised her and her recovery.
The Nigerian woman is a survivor of a rare condition called AVM or arteriovenous malformation which is a disorder of the brain causing abnormal arteries and fistulas.
But she is also more than just her condition, and is a budding entrepreneur as well as a social media influencer, giving thousands of people around the continent hope, wisdom and courage.
Maryanne sought help for her illness at a hospital in India and has had eight surgeries and corrections to control the malformation in order to keep the remaining part of her arm, Briefly.co.za learned.
Nevertheless, after a year, the condition worsened. Doctors suggested that the best treatment would be to amputate the arm.
The cost of an amputation is over a million naira, which Maryann couldn’t afford.
The surgery was necessary to relieve the pain and frequent procedures.
To help pay for the surgery, Maryann started a Go Fund Me account, and shared her tumultuous journey with social media.
Coming together to help Maryann find strength, the community raised the amount she needed.
Maryann thanked God that her surgery was a success, and that so many people around the world were eager to contribute to transforming her life for the better.
Throughout her journey, she trusted that God had a plan for her, and that her suffering would end.
Keeping a positive attitude, Maryann wrote, "There I’ll be no more pain....There I’ll be no more blood [shed]....He said it is finished in Jesus name ...Will smile through this procedure too."
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