“Find Dr. Mercy if he is big and nasty,” Odueyungbo said with a laugh.
The show aired on Wednesday nights and streamed online. TLC.comIt’s not a pimple-popping and chemical-peeling routine.
“There’s a lot of blood, pus, but I think the worst is maggots,” he says in the first episode. “I spent over an hour and a half clearing maggots from a woman’s head.”
In one episode, he removes a lipoma, a benign adipose tissue tumor that weighs more than a French bulldog, from under a patient’s arm. “You can do biceps curls with this thing,” says Odueyungbo, wearing a surgeon’s suit, using both hands to remove the 30-pound tumor he had removed.
“I tend to get things that other dermatologists don’t want to do,” the doctor says.
“I’ve splashed on walls before. I called the cleaning crews,” she says. “It can be messy at times, but I know how the patient will feel after the procedure.”
patients Odueyungbo often cries tears of joy on the show after removing bumps, bumps, bumps, moles, and cysts, correcting deformities, and performing other surgeries that have an immediate effect.
“I’m either helping their physical appearance or giving them their life back,” he says, noting that he has removed tumors that have often caused pain and kept people from work or socializing with family and friends. “There’s always something very pleasing in the end.”
As a child in Nigeria, Odueyungbo was influenced by his father, Fola, and mother, Dupe, who were both nurses. “I’ve always been interested in that,” he says. “When I was little (his father) used to take me to the operating room.”
His family moved to Chicago when he was 10 years old. His mother died of cancer in 2017 and his father lives in the southern suburbs. Dealing with her mother’s death helps her relate to patients.
“I think it taught me a lot of compassion, a lot of empathy when you have a lot of health issues,” says Odueyungbo. “I can put myself in their shoes. It just hits me. I imagine myself living their daily life.”
She says her job includes mental care as well as physical care, and she treats a child with typical acne with the same concern she gives to patients suffering from painful, appearance-altering tumors.
“The 14-year-old girl goes to school and deals with anxiety,” she says. “I don’t think one is worse off than the other. We’re just at different stages in our lives.”
Odueyungbo fun instagram.com/dr.mercyod The account caught the attention of officials at TLC-owned Discovery. “I thought they were kidding,” he said after the network called him. He did a series of interviews and let them see him do a few surgeries before “Dr. Mercy” was gone.
The Doctor lives with her husband, former NFL player Tony Jackson, and their youngest daughter, Lilly, in Marquette, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He spends a week or two each month at his practice in Odueyungbo, Lombard. “Me, Lilly and my husband load up and drive in the van,” she says of the seven-hour walk. Her husband, whose short NFL career includes stops in Seattle, Oakland, and New York, works with her and runs “everything but the medical stuff.” They both started dating when they were students at the University of Iowa.
His extended family is much, much larger. “If you come into a room to see me, you automatically become a family member,” he says of his patients, many of whom give him gifts of gratitude after their surgery. Patients of Nigerian descent sometimes bring their food, such as spicy jollof rice, from their homeland.
“I’ve had salmon, venison, deer,” she says of her patients at Michigan UP. “Illinois has flowers and chocolates and cupcakes.”
Even before the show there was a waiting list of four to six months and now more patients are on Dr. He requests an appointment with Mercy, which patients recall is Dr. Easier than Odueyungbo. Because his practice is Lilly Aesthetics, patients sometimes go to Dr. They want Lilly and it makes her laugh.
“Lilly is playing at home,” Odueyungbo says of his daughter, who turned 4 last week. “You don’t want Dr. Lilly.”