In Summary

  • Eunice Njeri, 36, was obese when she underwent stressful surgery that caused her heart to stop beating.
  • She tells Florence Bett about how this experience led her to help others achieve their ideal weight.

Eunice Njeri died in January 2011.

“I was in hospital when my heart stopped beating,” Eunice, 36, says.  We’re at the spa she runs as a side-hustle, Oak Therapy Spa in South C. Her day job is in procurement with a fitness company. “I was told I was gone for about six minutes. My bowels went loose. I remember my family crying around me and my aunt calling out the name of Jesus. She was praying out loud and mentioning all the good things I had done.”

Eunice had just had her daughter via an emergency C-section. “Labour had started at around 3am the night before,” she recalls. “I didn’t think I was in labour because I wasn’t in any pain. My water broke and we realised that the baby had pooped. We got to the hospital at around 11am. The doctor told my husband that they could only save one life.”

Eunice was 104 kilos at that time. Her heart was beating so fast against her chest she could not take a complete breath that would give her enough oxygen. That was why her heart stopped beating. The doctors were so certain she was gone that they stitched her up roughly after the C-section. “I was stitched up as if I was a sack,” Eunice says.

 “It was after I was resuscitated and the cardiologist saw me that he told me my heart was dilated because of excess weight.”

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