Veteran Nigerian actor, Prince James Uche has been gravely ill for awhile due to a heart and kidney ailment which has been battling with for some time. It was also previously reported that his wife abandoned him in 2012 due to her inability to cope with the demands of his medical condition.
In a recent report by Punch, Prince Uche appears to be facing an even more difficult future, as his landlord has issued an eviction notice to him and requested him to vacate his residence at 45, Yetunde Brown St., Ghagada, Lagos. He now spends most of time at a Catholic Church near his residence, according to reports.
His difficult plight has been highlighted in the media many times in the past. According to him, his illness started sometimes nine years ago when something struck him in the face, and his condition has regressed since that incident. In a chat with Punch, he described the beginning of the health ordeal:
“something struck me on the left side of my face about eight years ago, when I was heading for the burial ceremony of Pete Edochie’s mother at Nteje in Anambra State.
“I got to the venue of the ceremony and stayed in the town for two days. On the third day, I suddenly found that I could no longer move my body freely. Although I barely managed to get up on my feet, I could not climb up the staircase.
“I had to wait till the following Sunday before deciding to leave for Lagos. But my friend, Edoche, persuaded me to follow him to Enugu where he lived at the time. I slept in Enugu on that day. In the morning I went for treatment in a hospital.
“After the doctor had finished examining me, he stared at me with his mouth half open in shock for a long time.
“When I asked what was wrong, he said I should have been dead. He took my pulse again and then, sweating, said my blood pressure was abnormally high. He said it had risen up to 300 and it was a miracle that I was still alive.”