Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, Gloria Kemasoude, who has been battling with psychological depression has reunited with members of her family.
The former international athlete at the weekend burst into tears when her mother and younger brother, Kennedy Kemasuode visited her at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa where she is currently receiving treatment.
Kennedy disclosed to Sportingtribune by phone that Gloria was responding fast to treatment and had already started looking forward to a better future with her family.
“For sometime now, the entire family has been worried about her whereabouts. I am her younger brother, but I hadn’t the financial capacity to help her out when she started showing signs that things were not alright with her.
“One day, she suddenly left the house and never returned. I called her mobile lines ceaselessly but they were permanently switched off. I searched for her everywhere but couldn’t reach her. My plan was if I saw her, I would drag to Mercyland Church in Warri. I even told my friends to alert me whenever they see her but didn’t succeed.
“I kept trying to know her whareabouts until I read in the newspapers that she has been hospitalised in Yenagoa. So yesterday [Saturday] my mother and I paid her a visit in the hospital. When I saw my sister, I couldn’t hold back tears as I wept like a baby. Both Gloria and my mother were also in tears, it was an emotional moment in our lives,” Kennedy told Sportingtribune.
He stated that they were relieved by the situation they met the former African champion in the hospital.
“We are over joyed that she is responding to treatment and getting better. We spoke with her for several minutes, and we are happy that has started talking about her future already,” he added.
However, attempts to speak with Kemasoude in the hospital proved abortive as of the time of going to press.
Kennedy further stated that “the doctors told us that our concern should be her improvement and response to treatment” adding that “at the time we were with my sister, she was talking normal as she used to do before she got sick.”