In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, July, 2020

Tragic Story Of How A Pregnant Girl Died With Her Unborn Twins At FMC Abeokuta

Tragic Story Of How A Pregnant Woman Died With Her Unborn Twins At FMC Abeokuta

Josephine Olayemi Odufowora

Josephine Olayemi Odufowora

What’s the following step for a hospital, when the twins in a pregnant girl in its facility have been licensed lifeless? That is the query the household of late Josephine Olayemi Odufowora, who was allegedly uncared for and left to die by personnel of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, regardless of fulfilling all necessities, are asking. Gboyega Alaka studies.


That Josephine Olayemi Odufowora, a pregnant girl, who was introduced into the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta on the 13th of June, 2020 died isn’t any information.

That she additionally misplaced each her twins within the strategy of accessing remedy for supply, which in the end led to her dying, can also be no information.

What her household are nevertheless not prepared to have swept beneath the carpet is the style of her dying, which they ascribed to negligence on the a part of the personnel on the federal facility.

They might have not one of the  explanations being supplied by the hospital’s Medical Director through a press assertion signed by its Head, Public Relations & Info, Segun Orisajo, notably, that Josephine “discharged herself from the Centre towards medical recommendation whereas her remedy was absolutely heading in the right direction” and that “she was given the very best of medical care and companies accessible at our disposal.”

In accordance with the hospital’s assertion, “The above named affected person was referred from State Hospital Ota on account of thyroid illness in being pregnant as estimated gestational age of 25 weeks sophisticated with extreme decrease belly ache.”

It additionally said that “the group on name noticed her on the 13th of June, 2020 at 10.10pm and that “the analysis of Graves’s illness in being pregnant (a number of gestations) was confirmed,” including that she was resuscitated, whereas a number of investigations had been requested.

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Josephine’s household are nevertheless claiming that that is an try and cowl up their errors, utilizing “distorted info with colossal and blatant lies,” describing it as “essentially the most depraved assertion of this era.”

The household, by means of an announcement signed by the deceased’s husband, Odufowora David and brother, Olayemi Philip, are claiming that the late Josephine was by no means attended to for 24 hours, even though she got here into the ability in throes of ache and in dire want of pressing consideration.

“She was by no means attended to for 24-hours! And, as a matter of truth, there was no remedy heading in the right direction. Our hearts are extra pained by this depraved and heartless assertion.

Josephine was by no means given any service speak much less of being given the very best. She was simply carelessly uncared for.”

In addition they debunked the declare that the hospital employees resuscitated Josephine, arguing that she by no means handed out: “How will you carry out a ‘CPR’ on a affected person who by no means handed out? ‘… ‘who walked into your hospital actively with cramps in her decrease stomach?”

They insist that in spite of everything prescribed assessments had been made and given to the nurses on obligation on Monday 14 June by 9:00am, not a single consideration was paid to her, inflicting a involved girl to advise them to take her to close by Sacred Coronary heart (hospital), Lantoro, in the event that they cared to avoid wasting her life.

Talking in a an interview with The Nation, Josephine’s father, Mr Babajide Olayemi mentioned, “We arrived Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta on the Saturday 13th of June, 2020 and she or he was left unattended to till the morning of Tuesday, June 15.

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First, we had been left within the automobile for 4 entire hours, even though it was a transparent emergency. Even after she was admitted right into a ward, she was left on the mattress for a whopping 24 hours untouched, even though we had performed all of the prescribed assessments and acquired all of the medicine.

I nonetheless have all of the medicine in my home; they’re untouched. We paid for the mattress and made all the mandatory funds, but she was uncared for.

“Even when the husband, who’s a microbiologist, knowledgeable us that the scan take a look at confirmed that the infants had been lifeless, they nonetheless paid her no consideration.

I don’t perceive how one can hold a affected person with two lifeless infants in her womb in your hospital mattress for nearly 24 hours. Bear it in thoughts that the assessments outcomes had been introduced to them on the 14th.

A take a look at indicated that infants are lifeless in a lady’s womb, what subsequent? Is it to position her on a mattress or swing into motion to take them out?

Actually, I can’t simply recover from the truth that the medical doctors in that hospital killed my daughter,” a visibly distraught Olayemi lamented.

Requested what their excuse was, Olayemi mentioned, “They supplied no clarification. However anytime we made makes an attempt to speak to them or name their consideration to her situation, they grew to become hostile and behaved as if we had been bothering them or making an attempt to show them their job.

You understand how it’s with our medical doctors and nurses in authorities hospitals. Even the medicine and the assessments outcomes had been simply handed over to a nurse on seat.

It was later that we realised that federal medical doctors had been making ready for a showdown with the federal authorities that very Monday.”

What Olayemi discovered most incomprehensible was how well being officers who’re alleged to be caring and saving lives might look away and actually watch his daughter die, after they might save her.

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One pertinent query the household is due to this fact asking is: How come all of the medicine and injections prescribed had been by no means used if certainly “she was given the very best of medical care and companies accessible at our disposal,” as they claimed within the hospital’s press assertion?

So far as they’re involved, “It is just a mad man that might discharge himself from a hospital the place he’s being taken care of, particularly on ‘such managed state of affairs’.

The household has additionally petitioned the Minister of Well being through a letter dated 1st July, 2020 and titled: “The Unlucky and Avoidable Demise of Mrs Josephine Olayemi Odufowora: A Name For Investigation and Reform” by means of Residents’ Gavel, a not-for-profit/non-governmental organisation with the intention of accelerating the tempo of justice supply by offering authorized assist for victims of rights abuse.”

They’re asking that the minister makes use of his “places of work to analyze into the circumstances surrounding the dying of the deceased and guarantee all culpable individuals are held accountable.”

In addition they need an investigation into the “dire lack of assets at Federal Medical Centres throughout the nation with a view to upgrading them.

The letter was signed by Oluwafemi Ajibade, Operations Lead-Authorized of Residents’ Gavel and the Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, was copied.


Supply: The Nation

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