Doctor reveals medical challenges and decision-making behind Afua Asantewaa’s singing marathon attempt

January 2, 2024
Doctor reveals medical challenges and decision-making behind Afua Asantewaa's singing marathon attempt: Ghana News
Afua Asantewaa

Dr. Grace Buckman, the Medical Director of Sonotech Medical and Diagnostic Centre, who served as Afua Asantewaa's official doctor during her Guinness World Records' longest singing marathon attempt, has shed light on the medical routine and challenges faced during the event.

Dr. Buckman explained that extensive medical checks were conducted before Asantewaa embarked on the singing marathon.

She highlighted the collaboration with medical practitioners from various fields to ensure comprehensive support for the event.

Recounting the experience on Joy FM's Showbiz A-Z with Kwame Dadzie, Dr. Buckman revealed that Afua Asantewaa expressed the desire to extend the program from the originally planned Thursday, December 28, 2023, to Sunday, December 31, 2023.

“The original plan wasn't to end yesterday [Friday, December 29, 2023] like we did; it was supposed to be the day before [Thursday], so we had a beautiful exit plan.

But in the morning when we were supposed to wrap up, we didn't know where the energy came from,” she explained.

Dr. Buckman detailed the challenges faced, noting fatigue both physically and mentally. Despite initially considering an extension, the medical team decided to end the marathon earlier due to concerns about Afua's health.

“We were scared Afua could have health issues after the event,” she emphasized. A team of 26 health practitioners supported Afua Asantewaa throughout the project.

Afua Asantewaa successfully concluded her attempt on Friday, December 29, 2023, singing for an impressive five days, six hours, and 55 minutes. She expressed gratitude to supporters during an address to the public after her remarkable feat.

Results from the Guinness World Records are pending as Afua Asantewaa awaits assessment.

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