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A beauty queen almost died from a rare reaction to eye drops which made her skin fall off.
Marian Adejokun, 24, was left in a coma for a month after having a rare reaction to some eye drops.
The one-in-a-million illness, known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, results in the top layer of skin shedding.
Marian's mum Remi Adejokun said the eye medication left her daughter in a terrible state.
I hate to say that but there were so many blisters her skin was just tearing off. I looked at her and I was so scared she was going to burst open. I saw death knocking at my daughter's door, all because of an eye drop.
Problems began five years ago when Marian, from Thornton Heath, south London, complained of an itchy eye, and her GP directed her to the chemist for some eye drops.> The next morning she woke up with lumps all over her body.> Marian was taken to hospital where her skin began to shed. She was then put into a medically induced coma. Doctors told her mum she may not survive the ordeal.
Unknown to me, I had a rare, deadly allergy to eye drops and shockingly, after using it, all of my skin peeled off from head to toe.
But Marian later recovered from the illness and went on to complete a degree at the University of Roehampton.
I am so happy to be alive and share my unique story. No matter what the struggles may be, one has to believe in themselves and have a positive attitude towards life. I see my story as a positive one. I believe this will inspire a lot of youths to be grateful for what they have. Even more so, to fulfil their purpose in life and be a blessing to someone else. My motto is 'believe in yourself and follow your dreams'.
Following her discharge from hospital Marian, who once came second in Miss Teen Africa beauty pageant, said:
When I was in the intensive care unit, crying in pain, all I thought of was coming home. I've overcome a lot of in my life. Losing my skin because of an eye drop is just another obstacle I've made it through.