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How Doctor’s Negligence, Incompetence Led To My Son’s Death, Woman Narrates

A woman who identified herself as Gucci Oyin, has recounted how the negligence and incompetence of a doctor at Ikorodu General Hospital, led to the death of her son.

The woman took to her Twitter page to narrate her harrowing experience at the hospital, which according to her, happened on 19 July, 2019.

According to the heartbroken mother, her son, a nine months and two days old child, had an attack around 3am in the midnight and she rushed him to the hospital, but no doctor was on ground to attend to him.

“My son had an attack around 3am in the morning on the 19th of July,2019. we got to General hospital Ikorodu around 3:30am, rushed to the emergency room and had my mom fill form for my son cos he needs to be attended to immediately… Unfortunately for us, the doctor wasn’t on seat or in his office and what the nurse said then was ‘I can do nothing to him unless the doctor is here’ (in Yoruba) tho after helping with oxygen.”

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She added that several calls were put through to get the doctor, his phone was switched off and his whereabout was unknown.

“Called his line, it was switched off, checked his office he wasn’t there, nobody knows his whereabout. When he was later found him around 5am, he wasn’t emotional, no sign of emergency act through him, he wasn’t audible enough when he started asking question, no first aid treatment except from the one given by the nurse, the worst part of it was that he kept insisting he wants to go pray (as a Muslim All of this was around 5:30am cos I kept checking the time.

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“He wrote all what to get… Ran to get them and got back. He told me to get another stuffs, went to get them… During this period he was already at the mosque.. He got back around after 6 and my son was already weak…”

She also revealed that despite the dire state of her son’s condition, the doctor ignored them and chose to attend to other patients who were only complaining of mere headache and body pain. She was also told that there was no bed to admit her son who later died around 10am.

“He kept attending to other people (tho I’m not really against that but those people are not even emergency cases cos they were only complaining about headache or body pain) During this period my son couldn’t breath fine again and he said he will need to transfer us to ikeja cos there’s no bed to admit him.

“To cut the long story short… I lost my son around 10am in the morning… No treatment given, no first aid except from oxygen given, all items bought was wasted, no effort shown at all, even at his death bed no emotion at all…”

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Pained by her son’s death, Oyin vowed to file a petition against the doctor for incompetency, while urging the government to look into the matter.

“I’m not writing this cos I feel I should write it… I already promised the doctor I’m gonna file a petition against him for incompetency… I don’t know his name but I know they will surely search for his name through their register… He was on night shift and he’s a muslim…

“If we don’t do this, they won’t take government work serious. They feel government can’t do nothing to them that’s why they keep wasting lives. Please kindly help repost this till the government see this Thank you,” she wrote.

However, responding to Oyin’s tweets, Prof Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, commiserated with Oyin, assuring her that the matter will be looked into.

@GucciOyin, once again accept my heartfelt condolence on the death of your son. My team @LSMOH in conjunction with the MD of Ikorodu General hospital have set up a committee to look into the matter and we are already pulling out the records to commence the investigation.”

 

 

 

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