Mayowa Ahmed died on Sunday afternoon, just 10 days after her admission into a South African hospital.
The 29-year old had left Nigeria on August 11 to treat Stage IV Ovarian cancer after her family was cleared of fundraising scam allegations by the police.
When contacted, her elder sister, Mrs Tope Adeniran, expressed sadness that her sister died despite all the efforts to save her.
Mrs Adeniran, in tears, said:
I could not talk or text that was why I did not inform you. This is not fair; after everything.
I really don’t know what went wrong. But she was a bit better on Saturday.
She said the family had hopes that the late Mayowa would survive as she was said to be responding to treatment.
A family friend, Saheed Badmus, said Mayowa’s death came as a shock because initial report was that she was responding to treatment.
Tope called me this (yesterday) morning; she was crying. She told me Mayowa was dead.Yesterday (Saturday), we heard she was responding to treatment only for her to die today (Sunday). She was in South Africa with her eldest brother.
Brother to late Mayowa tweeted news of her demise on social media.
Using his Twitter handle, @Asiwaju_Foye, he posted two tweets:
“After a tough battle with Ovarian Cancer, Mayowa Ahmed of #SaveMayowa campaign has passed on; and “She tried, we tried but God’s will prevailed #RipMayowa”.
Last week, the late Mayowa’s family released a statement, thanking Nigerians for raising funds (about N32 million – apart from the $100,000 raised online via gofundme) for her treatment abroad.
The family had considered hospitals in United States, India and United Arab Emirates but settled for South Africa when other plans failed ehere she died.