Nigerian medical student who escaped death in war-torn Ukraine dies two weeks on return to Nigeria

A Nigerian final year medical student of Zaporozhye State Medical University Ukraine, Huzaifa Modachi, who narrowly escaped to Nigeria, following the ongoing war in the foreign country has died two weeks after return from the war-torn country.

Penpushing reports that, Modachi died last Friday in a Sokoto hospital, but as at the time of filing this report, the cause of death was yet unknown, as the family said he did not show any sign of illness on return.

The deceased father, Habibu Modachi, who could not believe the incident, while narrating the situation said his son, was in good health when he returned to Nigeria among other students, and did not show any sign of sickness

The bereaved who is  a lawmaker representing Isa local government area at the Sokoto House of Assembly said, suddenly he  started showing  some signs of weakness and lack of appetite, and was thereafter taken to the hospital.

“When he returned, we were happy because of the situation in Ukraine. He was in sound health for the whole days. He later began to become weak and he was at the hospital for only one day before he died. The Doctors have not even informed me what his sickness was,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that, the father said the family has accepted the death of their son as a will of God, recalling that on return, the deceased shared his experiences while in Ukraine

“As I told you, he only complained of lack of appetite so I decided to take him to the hospital and he was examined and drugs given to him but he died in the night. I was the one that took him from the airport when they were evacuated’.

‘I took him home and he was in a good mood as we were discussing and laughing. He told me of his experiences in Ukraine before and after the invasion began. Like many other students and people living there, Huzaifa told me they were in constant fear of the unknown during the invasion before they decided to leave the country,” he said.

Penpushing also reports that, the bereaved father recalled that his late son told him they (Nigeians)  trekked for three days before they reached the Hungary boundary to escape the attack.

“While they were in Hungary, Sokoto State government and the Embassy made arrangements and evacuated them back to Nigeria. Of course, he told me he showed (pictures) me some of the shellings thrown by the Russian soldiers and people trekking to the borders,” he said.

Penpushing reports that, Modachi said his son spent three years in Ukraine studying before his return, lamenting that he died without fulfilling his dream, but thanked God that, he returned home before he died.

“All those years, he spent there without coming back home. He was an excellent student and was in his final year. I am happy for him. We have to thank God that Huzaifa returned home before his death and we saw him because if he had died in Ukraine, we would have been in great discomposure. He ran away from death but met it here. God gives and takes. It is from God and nothing more; we thank him for giving us Huzaifa,” he said.

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