The Magodo Specialist Hospital has refused to make any statement following the death of a patient who died in mysterious circumstances during childbirth.
The Magodo Specialist Hospital located in the Magodo GRA Phase 2, Shangisha, Lagos State, has kept mom over the death of a patient, Chisom Anekwe, who died during childbirth at their facility.
The family and friends of the deceased had raised the alarm over the shoddy manner the hospital handled the issue of the lady who was about to give birth to her third child which resulted in her death.
According to the family of Anekwe, the mother of two was left to die due to its negligence and professional ineptitude in handling her.
It was gathered that Anekwe who had earlier given birth to her two children at the same hospital, went there to deliver the third which later turned out to be a mistake.
The doctors were said to have neglected her during labour, deceived the husband to go prepare for blood transfusion just to cover up their tracks while he was away.
While narrating the circumstances that led to the death of the woman, one of her friends, Chinonso Arubayi, said she gave up the ghost on April 30, 2017, in strange circumstances while also indicting the hospital of negligence and incompetence.
However, when Pulse went to the hospital to get their own side on the issue, the Medical Director, Dr. Ayodeji Olamijulo refused to make any comment, saying that the management would release a statement at the right time.
Speaking on behalf of Dr. Olamijulo, a staff of the hospital who did not want his name in print, said the hospital is still in shock at the death of Anekwe who was not just a patient but a friend and family member of the hospital.
"The management is deeply saddened by the death of Chisom. Apart from being a patient, Chisom was a friend and a family member of the hospital.
The Medical Director, Dr. Ayodeji Olamijulo has advised that no one should make any statement on the matter for now. I can assure you that there will be a statement soon and the press will be notified at the right time.
This is a sad moment for us as a medical facility and speaking now will be out of place. We know what the stories circulating is causing us and we also know it will dent the image of the hospital but we beg for time.
We will surely let the press know our position at the right time. I know Nigerians who have read about the unfortunate incident will be swayed one way or the other and could hold us in a bad light but at the right time, we will come out with a statement.
Chisom's death is so painful and we pray that her soul will rest in peace and pray the family finds the fortitude to bear this loss."
Arubayi had posted the sad incident on the social media thus:
"This is Chisom Anekwe (nee Okereke), a young, vivacious, graceful, kind-hearted and intelligent woman who had devoted her life to helping indigent kids and giving their lives a meaning. She’s an alumna of LEAP Africa.
Two weeks ago, precisely April 30th, 2017, Chisom died under questionable circumstances at Magodo Specialist Hospital while trying to birth her third offspring.
We believe strongly that the authorities need to ensure that lives are taken sacred in hospitals like Magodo Specialist Hospital where such avoidable deaths are recorded.
Chisom was admitted in the hospital four days before she got into labour. She already had two daughters birthed in the same hospital and was there to birth her third child, a son.
While at the hospital, no one attended to her when she needed the help to be delivered of the long awaited baby. She was left for hours in labour.
This happened until her husband created a scene which eventually caused the doctors to go to her ward and on inspection, they found out that the baby had struggled and died.
The husband at this point requested for a CS which he paid for and even signed the consent form presented by the hospital.
He was then tricked out of the room to go prepare for blood transfusion and on getting back, he found out that the doctors had induced the wife and delivered the dead baby without operation not minding that the CS procedure had been paid for.
This was also without his consent. During the process of delivering the baby, the placenta got ruptured and the doctors left her like that, no further attendance still.
Shortly after, the husband noticed she was swelling up in her stomach area and called the attention of the doctors who said they were getting ready for a surgery, a preparation that took longer than usual.
After waiting in vain for the surgical team, the frustrated husband went furiously to the reception to demand why they were wasting time only to discover the doctor had sneaked out of the hospital under funny pretenses.
At this point, he got other hospital staff to wheel her out of the hospital and in that process, Chisom died!"
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