Sick Baby On Life Support Dies In Hospital As Incompetent Nurse Removes Oxygen Mask

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Monday December 4th, 2017 – Distressed Baby On Life Support Dies In Lagos Hospital As Incompetent Nurse Removes Oxygen Mask

What brought joy to a Lagos family became tears after the death of their newborn baby at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere, Lagos, due to alleged negligence of some workers in the hospital.

The head of the family, Oliver Opara, told our correspondent that a private facility in the Egbeda area of the state, Crystal Specialist Hospital, where the baby was born, was also to blame.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Baby Opara was born at Crystal Specialist Hospital on Tuesday, October 24, through vaginal delivery.

However, he was said to have refused taking food, which created fear in the mother who called the attention of nurses to the problem.

The medical workers allegedly said all was well until Mrs. Opara’s mother, who visited the hospital, discovered that the baby had swallowed some fluids during the delivery.

Within 48 hours of birth, the matter reportedly became complicated, as the hospital placed the child on oxygen and asked that he be transferred to LUTH in an ambulance.

However, the nurse assigned to the ambulance allegedly removed the oxygen mask while taking the child into the ambulance, a mistake that was not discovered until the party got to LUTH.

The doctor who attended to them was reported to have insisted that the driver of the ambulance drove back to the hospital to bring back the oxygen mask.

The child was later admitted to an emergency ward, where electricity allegedly went off for more than one hour.

The baby was said to have died around 12am on Friday.

Mrs. Opara, who did not want her first name mentioned, said she had yet to recover from the shock of her son’s death.

She said, “I was delivered of the baby on Tuesday morning. Throughout that day, the child didn’t suck my breasts. He was only sleeping. Whenever I tried to feed him, he would do as if he wanted to vomit something that was in his stomach.

“My mother, who came for omugo (cultural practice of caring for new babies), visited late that night and I told her my child had not taken any food. She asked me to call in a nurse to check him. The nurse tapped him and pushed my breast into his mouth, but he refused it.

“The next day, the hospital asked us to buy baby food; he still didn’t take it. My mum then said from her experience, it appeared the child swallowed some fluids during delivery.

“I complained to the nurse again and told her my mum’s observation. She used an object to press the baby’s nose and some fluids came out. The baby was returned to me. He still didn’t eat.”

She said after a different set of nurses resumed duty, she became anxious.

She noted that efforts to make the baby eat didn’t work, adding that the struggle continued until 9pm on Wednesday when the child took some food after he was fed through a spoon.

The bereaved mother said by 12am on Thursday when her mother carried the baby, his stomach had become swollen.

Mrs. Opara said she raised the alarm and a paediatrician was called in to see the baby.

“The woman said we should stop trying to feed him. She placed him on a drip till Thursday morning. Suddenly, we saw his breathing became irregular and we called in a nurse, who called the doctor and before I knew it, there was confusion everywhere. I saw the nurses and doctors running helter-skelter. I started crying,” she added.

The boy’s father, Oliver, said his child’s condition became critical because the paediatrician did not see the baby on time.

He said the Chief Medical Director of the hospital told him to be at ease and that his child would be well.

He said, “He referred the baby to LUTH and asked a nurse to put him in an ambulance with oxygen which had become his source of life. Unfortunately, the nurse, who was in haste, removed the oxygen mask before she put him in the ambulance.

“When we got to the emergency unit at LUTH, a doctor who came to attend to us asked where the oxygen the boy was using to breathe was. That was when it dawned on us that the nurse had removed it.

“They had to send the driver back to the hospital to bring the oxygen mask. When I saw that the boy was not breathing well and the driver did not come back, I had to run back to the hospital to bring the oxygen. That took some time.

“When the oxygen mask finally came, instead of LUTH to start the treatment immediately, they began the process of documentation. They asked us to buy all kinds of things before they started the treatment.”

He said after some time, his child was transferred to the ward where treatment started.

While on oxygen at the unit, power went off, Oliver said.

“They didn’t have a generator to power their equipment for more than one hour. I discovered that women who were just delivered of babies were accommodated in a place where you have to pay N2,100 for a space. I also had to pay to get a space for my wife.

“They conducted an x-ray and said my baby was alright. In fact, around 11pm, I saw the boy kicking and I started thinking my baby was getting better. By 12 midnight, I was called that my baby was dead,” he added.

Oliver insisted that both hospitals were to blame for his son’s death, wondering why it was his wife’s mother that discovered that his child swallowed fluids and why nothing was done on time to save the situation.

The Executive Director of Crystal Specialist Hospital, Kunle Adeyemi, denied the allegations.

Adeyemi, while condoling with the Opara family on the death of their baby, said the hospital did its best to save the child.

He said, “We know the family very well; the mother went through our antenatal process. So, it’s not a case we didn’t know. From the day the baby was born, he had a respiratory distress, an infection. He was being managed by our in-house paediatrician and within 24 to 48 hours, the baby’s condition got worse. We had given him antibiotics and done everything we could do.

“So, we referred them to LUTH through a referral letter, stating the findings that we had, for further management. Our team followed up with phone calls, but unfortunately, we were told that the baby did not make it.

“We are a referral centre and we get a lot of referrals from small hospitals. Sometimes, we have some babies that come out with congenital disorders and instead of just rushing them out, we have a very good team on the ground, which manages the situation. When we see that there is the need for further management, like an intensive care unit management, we have a process of referral to LUTH with an ambulance and a nurse who accompanies the baby. That was what happened.”

When our correspondent asked about the allegations of the baby’s condition being discovered by the grandma and the removal of the oxygen, Adeyemi said, “That is completely incorrect. I was there myself. We have a consultant paediatrician on the ground.

“The paediatrician detected the problem almost immediately;this was documented. When patients come in, we usually try to carry them along during the treatment process, but at certain points, the treatment gets serious and we are fast. Maybe that was what they saw that made them to say an outsider discovered the problem.

“And nobody removed any oxygen. What usually happens is that when we refer a patient to LUTH, the hospital sometimes says it doesn’t have bed spaces; we then try to move the patient to another teaching hospital. While this is ongoing, full treatment is carried out in the ambulance. I don’t know where the allegations came from. They are not true. I was there and I facilitated the process myself.”

[Report By Punch NG]

7 thoughts on “Sick Baby On Life Support Dies In Hospital As Incompetent Nurse Removes Oxygen Mask

  1. Keep your stupid mouth shot stupid and incompetence Doctor, you call yourself a professional and you can not do your job well and you are there covering up your can a trained doctor remove an oxygen on a little child that has a respiratory distress. Shame on you and your co nurses, it was an old illiterate woman that i dont even think she have an ordinary school cert that detect what you should have,Idiot. As for LUTH if u want to help the sick or accident person die quickly,and you dont want the government to suspect you or hold u responsible take the person to LUTH, especially IDI ARABA. I lost my dear brother there,through their negligence of duties and no man power experience. stupid set of ignorant people that call their self a doctor that can not safe an ordinary chicken life ,let alone a human life. My advice to anyone reading this, dont take any of your love one that is sick or in a critical condition to LUTH they will kill the person. They have the equipment and some latest technologies, but there is no man power experience to use it, they dont value life.

  2. my dear, i undersatnd all…sorry for yur loss. its well. GOD will keep protecting us from niece died 3months ago, same issue. born in a private hospita;, have some probem in breathing,reffered to general, general said no oxygen and space, refferd us to gbagada, gbagada no space, dey had to create one and eventually send us for medines nd documnet. we had to get all the medicines even handgloves,spirit and cotton wool we bought. funny is that the oxygen we paid for,and we bought the oxygen pipes and other things that will be fixed from the oxygen to the baby. did i tell u that the pharmacy there dont have all the medicine on the list, d doctors directed us outside to get all, all this while the baby was still in our hand struggling to braeth, meanwhile at general, she was given injection that will help her till we get to gbagada, and we paid for that injection. she was given 1 and we were told to buy 2.its so sad that after all these struggle she died 2 days later. it hurts me that every year its in the budget and our leaders will channel our medical facilities money. its so sad that cos dey could afford to go outside the country for their health and and that of their families dey dont care for us, its annoying that dis hospitals re called general nd its not, cos u practically buy everything u need there, and what happens to a case of a family that does not have such money to buy the drugs to administer, its sad that human life is now wasted on daily basis like xmas foul and no body care to raise an eyebrow. nigeria is a country we fend for ourselves, and protect ourselves, nobody send us….but GOd will judge, he will keep fighting for us, all those leaders will pay fpr all atrocities and wickednes towards human. as for our doctors, most re gradauting without qualifying to be a doc, u dont blame dem much cos no good facilities to work nor pratise on while in school, while some buy their ways thru with money accepted by the hungry nd wicked professors. while some re cultist that need human sacrifice, a lot is wrong in our country. IN GOD WE TRUST.

  3. This is the cost of incompetence in Nigeria hospitals. All the competent, more qualified and specialized doctors have left the country due to the negligence of our health care system by the government simply because some people want the rest of the country to wait for them to catch up before the country can progress. What is left is the chaff and less qualified personnel. How can a well trained nurse remove an oxygen mask while transporting a patient? the mask must be on while the EMT monitors/treat the patient until the reach the hospital and then hand the patient over to the hospital staff. Again does it mean that LUTH does not have oxygen masks that they have to send the driver back to go and bring oxygen mask from the first hospital? This goes to show everybody that many od the deaths that occur in Nigeria are PREVENTABLE. It is the incompetence and ignorance of some health care professionals that result to the deaths. We should not be surprised if some of these professionals got hired due to man know man or through sex (Nurses). May the Lord grant the Opara’s the fortitude to bear the loss of their child.

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