Following the article published in one of Nigerian newspapers, (not THISDAY) on the 27th of February 2016 of one Mrs. Funmilola Oniyelu, who alleged that she was wrongly operated in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in 2015 and that has led to her chronic kidney disease for which she now required kidney transplant, the management of LUTH has denied the allegation.
Speaking at a press briefing, the Chief Medical Director, Mr. Chris Bode noted that immediately the article was published, a panel comprising the heads of Obstetric and Gynaecologist, Nephrology and Legal Department, was set up to investigate the claims of the victim.
He said the investigation revealed that on the evening of July 23, 2008, the patient was referred from a private hospital in her 8th month of second pregnancy with severe hypertension and 2+ proteinuria, first noticed four months earlier. “She had been admitted at the referring hospital for treatment of severe pre-eclampsia but was said to have discharged herself against medical advice from that hospital three days later while her blood pressure was still elevated in pregnancy.
“Her blood pressure was high as she was generally puffy. Pre-assessment classified her as a high risk for emergency surgery but since delivery of the baby was essential to saving her life, an emergency caesarian section was performed under professionally standard conditions within six hours of presentation,” Bode explained.
He said two pints of blood were provided for her by LUTH blood bank while her relations were yet to donate blood. “LUTH Pharmacy Department provided all drugs and consumables required because her doctors wrote a cover note promising relations would sort out payment later. Her severe eclampsia continued post-operatively and she received appropriate medications throughout her stay in LUTH and after been discharge five days later she disappeared and was not seen again in our follow up clinics until seven years later,” he said.
The CMD, who was flanked by other management staff of the hospital, said the second episode of her admission said Oniyelu developed kidney failure from shock, and not the pregnancy.
He also said the institution has been trying all possible means to contact her with the registered telephone number but that proved abortive. According to him, the hospital takes the health of its patients as a priority and would not do anything to further harm them.