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Doctors Negligence: Reddington Hospital Ikeja Lagos In Talk With Parents Of Late Oluwajimi Odusanya

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Doctors Negligence: Reddington Hospital Ikeja Lagos In Talk With Parents Of Late Oluwajimi Odusanya

The parents of late Oluwajimi Odusanya are now in talk with the management of Reddington Hospital in Ikeja Lagos.

They have requested for the removal of the previous update.

Here is their statement:

On behalf of our entire family, we want to express our profound appreciation and gratitude to the general public, our colleagues and religious leaders and most importantly our friends for standing by the family during this harrowing experience.

The comforting words and several comments of Nigerians has greatly helped in our coming to terms with this situation, we say thank you all.

However, in the interest of Jimi’s younger siblings and in our pursuit to find some sort of closure from this experience, we humbly appeal to the general public to please respect our privacy.

We thank you all for being sources of strength for us as we come to terms with Jimi’s gentle soul resting in peace.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs Odusanya.



  1. Tanya Iwobi

    April 13, 2018 at 5:39 AM

    So sorry to hear about his death.
    Give me your phone number, I will call you and give you some personal advice. If you have a copy of all the doctors report from Reddington hospital,keep it.
    His death might have been caused by doctors at Lasuth becasue that is where the surgery was carried out but Reddington doctors too should be quizzed.

  2. Nifemi Brooklyn

    April 13, 2018 at 5:41 AM

    Nigeria is no longer a country. Almost all the doctors u people are dying to see are unprofessional.
    Naija jagajaga everything is upside down.
    Dis boy would have survived if he was treated in UK

    • Olufolahan

      April 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM

      Very true that ALMOST EVERYTHING is a mess in Nigeria.
      I commiserate with the dear boy’s family. We need full investigations here.
      But grave errors do happen anywhere else in the world. I know this by experience. A lady was diagnosed with migraines “out there”, only to be flown back for us to find meningitis!
      This boy could have survived in another country, but it’s not a certainty. I pray for strength, comfort and future safety for his family!

    • Desmond

      April 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      Please don’t ever see a Doctor in Nigeria again not even your family members, abeg.
      Instead of you to think beyond the box, all you say is to ridicule people who work tirelessly to help others despite the frustration from the government especially during medical school days.

      • Desmond

        April 15, 2018 at 12:44 PM

        And I hope you remember the millions of helpless Nigerians that Nigerian doctors save on a daily basis.
        Quite sad Jimi is gone..
        RIP bro….

        • Esther onyeka

          April 17, 2018 at 10:08 AM

          When I started reading the story.i already know where it was going to from how intelligent and good and loved by everyone, I know it was to get sympathy and make a mess of doctors who tried to save the boy.i empathize with you because it’s not easy to loose a child. When the cause of the problem was discovered,he was quickly referred and surgery was done immediately. Rubber most times doesn’t show on x-ray may be reason it wasn’t seen initially. Don’t rubbish our doctors.they are trying hard to work even in extreme conditions, improvising things to make ends meet in the it the work of the doctors to provide drugs in govt hospitals, that is to tell you how bad our govt is performing.
          Blame the government and leave poor doctors alone.

  3. Mathew Iyke

    April 13, 2018 at 5:46 AM

    I don’t know where to start but your story broke my heart. What a truly wonderful boy
    I’m sorry for your loss, like others have said, I think u should sue Reddington Hospital for negligence.

    • Iry

      April 17, 2018 at 10:07 AM

      What negligence? The xray was done and nothing seen, did u expect the doctors to open up the lil boy just for checks?? I’m sure the parent would still have complained that the boy went through pains, especially if the end is same. It’s really sad, the young chap is gone…….. But I see no one at fault here. If the case goes to court, the parent will spend more, loose and still pay the hospital for the insult. The story from the mother shows no one at fault, one can imagine the hospital’s version. Rest in peace intelligent chap…… I pray the family is consoled

      • Iry

        April 17, 2018 at 10:13 AM

        Except the hospital did the xray themselves……. But it may have not gone so low in the chest as at wen the xray was done. If it was there then, the boy would not have stayed that long. It’s very painful though and I understand.

  4. fifelomo

    April 13, 2018 at 6:28 AM

    Sad, sad oh very sad!!! May the soul of Jimi rip.

  5. Jojo

    April 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    Oh my God, what a story to read ,especially when you are a parent yourself. This promising boy’s life ended cos of negligence from the Reddington doctors . If only they had carried out proper check on all his organs especially when the boy himself confirmed he swallowed an object he would be alive today. Please take heart and make sure you sue them at least to get closure. Wow wow wow. Naija naija naija.

    • Bankole

      April 15, 2018 at 8:16 PM

      Sad. But what else could Reddington do? Two different X-rays and two different CT scans did not pick any foreign body. Even here with the best of medical practice they won’t go looking via a bronchoscopy for something that a CT scan did not pick. This is not a case of negligence. Sorry to say that but that’s just it. And we don’t know if the surgeons removed any foreign body from the collapsed lungs. It was a bad case. At the stage they went in for surgery it was already a 50/50 thing. He might not make it even here. But of course we await the audits from both Reddington and LASUTH concerning this young chap. I pray he sees Yahweh and may Ruach ha Kodesh comfort those he left behind. Amen.

      • Dr. Tony Martins

        April 16, 2018 at 6:53 AM

        True statements… Medical care is not always full proof despite our best efforts things still happen…. I think the Redington staff did their best…. Like you said was there was no proof that the? Inhaled pen part was the cause of the collapsed lung.. Even if it was.. It was not discovered despite doing the right investigations… Unfortunate incidence but do take heart… I too have lost a child in hospital but took it in good faith… Please move on with your life and let God heal you… Amen

  6. lil

    April 13, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Too painful. weeping already

  7. Joseph Olufemi Femi-Shofu

    April 13, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    ‘To LIVE in the HEART of those we LOVE is NOT to DIE’. May God almighty grant you and the entire family d fortitude to bear d’s irreplaceable loss IJN.

    God gives & He takes away. It’s my believe that it’s was destined for your lovely son, Jimi, to go back to his creator in such a a sad circumstance. Sueing either or both Hospital will definitely not bring him back bu t due diligence MUST be carried out to find out where the lapses lie do forestall further occurrences.

    So sorry about the loss. It’s well.

  8. Praise

    April 13, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Reddington referred your son to LASUTH . Pls how is it their fault. By the way I don’t think it’s proper to mention names. Just saying.

    • Patoya

      April 14, 2018 at 9:15 PM

      I think in this case, it could have been more sensible to keep your opinions/advise to yourself. This people are grieving for their precious son.

  9. Praise

    April 13, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Since you are still going to take legal action, I see no reason to take this to social media. But sorry for your loss all the same.

  10. Kenny

    April 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    This is pathetic.
    I’m so sorry for your loss, I pray you find comfort and closure.

    If you need justice, you can reach out to Health Ethics & Law Consulting. It is a Law firm with specialty in Health Law. You could look it up on Google and contact them

  11. Jigi

    April 13, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Please my fellow parents,when a doctor or test results show or see NOTHING,it’s time to change your,hospital

    May God continue to keep us in good health.
    May God comfort the family it’s a painful story.

  12. Kenny

    April 13, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    May Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this unquantifiable loss. That is Nigeria hospital for you. If Mr President could run outside the Country for treatment, where lies the hope for the masses. God save us in Nigeria.

  13. Ace

    April 13, 2018 at 10:10 PM

    So sorry for your loss. But, why did the school leave the boy in sick bay until the next day? Nigeria! my country, this is so sad. Such will never happen here, infact the school would have called ambulance to take him to hospital, straight away.

    Again, since Reddington useless scan machine did not detect the object, the parents would have taken him to another hospital for second opinion. At the period the boy was coughing, the body was trying to eject the foreign object in the lung.

    I am sure as at the time Reddington discovered the lung had collapsed, all other organs had started shutting down due to infection, and the boy was already in septic shock before surgery.

    My people let us learn from our mistakes, do not rely on one doctor’s opinion, seek a second one, especially in Nigeria.
    I prayed the parents find justice. RIP Oluwajimi.

    • Barth

      April 15, 2018 at 5:43 PM

      While am sad for the parents and the family of the boy, I find your posthumous diagnosis equally at best compared to the diagnosis made at reddington. Septic shock you say? You seem to neglect the fact that every procedure comes with possible complications and one of the core ethic of the medical profession is to do no harm. Radiological investigations carried out showed no FB and you think a possible negative thoracostomy or bronchoscopy would have been the best line of action? There was no history of dyspnoea. The patient had fever and cough, leaves in a boarding house in a tropical nation…. More so, a negative family history does not rule out hyperactive airway disease. The child had cyclic cough episodes that got worse in the morning (when it gets cold) which is in keeping to the diagnosis. And he got better with treatment only to reoccur meaning there was a possible trigger…. it could have been an autoimmune disease I could go on and on the myriad of possible differentials. The Doctors the public court of opinion is hanging, use clinical skills more often than not to diagnose and treat the massive population in Nigeria. They sleep less have little or no family time Compared to most of the populace in ????????. If in the future you fall ill do us all a favor and go to Stella obasanjos hospital in Spain. As for the family am so sorry once again for your loss may God grant you the fortitude to bear the loss.

      • Iry

        April 17, 2018 at 10:18 AM

        God bless you Barth.

  14. Harold

    April 13, 2018 at 11:03 PM

    This is indeed heartbreaking. Very sorry for your loss. However, I think you’re looking at the wrong direction. The surgery was done at Lasuth and not Reddington. Reddington would have still referred your son to Lasuth even if their initial chest x-ray and CT scan had identified the aspirated object. They should change those machines though, but whatever takes people’s lives after a successful surgery in our hospitals should seriously be looked into. May Jimi’s soul rest in peace.

  15. Abiola michael

    April 14, 2018 at 12:40 AM

    Crying for this boy with a promising future. So sorry for the lost. Jimi my son rest in peace. Pls next time change the hospital immediately after all the treatment is not free of charge. May God console u and grant you the fortitude to bear this great lost. Am sad

  16. Joy Abiodun

    April 14, 2018 at 6:06 AM

    My heart bleeds. What a sad loss due to negligence of unprofessional medical practitioners. May The Good Lord in His infinite Mercy grant the Entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Amen

  17. Lanre

    April 14, 2018 at 6:53 AM

    So sorry about this avoidable death. May his soul REST IN PEACE. MAY THE GOOD LORD CONSOLE YOU. But you stayed too long at Reddington. You believed too much in Reddington. You should have sought for a second or third opinion. It was a case of late diagnosis. Very unfortunate. I weep for Nigeria.

  18. Jeffrey, A.

    April 14, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Very sorry for the loss. How sad to be a doctor in Nigeria. One sided story and everybody is already condemning. You probably should have taken him outside the country and let’s see the magic. There is always an outcome for evey hospitalization, either fatal or pull through. It lies in the hands of God. I pray for God’s cover your family.

  19. Legal Dr.

    April 14, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Sorry for the loss. No need to have gone to social media as you may seek an ignorant social justice. Just seek a legal action where it will be properly and professionally investigated. It is not likely that an object that is capable of blocking an airway with lung collapse, will be aspirated withouth initial cough and breathlessness on the day of aspiration. Then my daughter is ashmatic without family history of asthma. What was the pathological report of the tissue reoved by surgeon. You must establish the fact that the item dropped into the lung. Pathological report which you are silence on must show this. Im saying this that bcs rather than people seeking for legal justice, they go for media justice.

    • Titi

      April 15, 2018 at 9:41 AM

      God bless u for ur comment. So sorry for the parents’ loss. However,I never read where it was clearly stated that a foreign object was removed from the lungs after the surgery. And u clearly stated that that even after a repeat scan, u were referred based on assumption cos no foreign object was picked. Please this issue to court and let it be settled there instead of giving a one-sided story and seeking media justice. Pray God gives d family the fortitude to bear the loss

    • yemi

      April 15, 2018 at 11:20 AM

      Only sensible comment here. The writer didn’t specify that they eventually found the foreign body there. Secondly, foreign body that big gets aspirated and you’ll have immediate reactions, difficulty with breathing, the only reasonable thing is that it had passed, and there’s a part of your gastrointestinal tract things get stored in before you go to toilet. You went to a good hospital in Nigeria sef because they did a CT for the child as these people are not babalawos that can see inside the boy’s body, if a CT shows nothing, no need to push any further na. In the final analysis, there’s still no evidence that there’s any foreign body lodged in the boys respiratory tract. Its understandable that when people grieve they look for everyone they can hold on to but in this case if this is all they have, they don’t have enough to indict the hospital. Sorry for your loss.

  20. Emmagod

    April 14, 2018 at 9:23 PM

    May God Almighty fill the vacuum the boy death created in your hearth Amen. Do u think taking legal action will bring back your son to life? Remember,that the earlier xray done on him did not revealed the stub in his system. unknowing to them that the treatments they were given to the boy were for signs & symptoms not really for the object he swallowed. How could they have known since xray failed to detect what is in the boy system? Perhap if early notice to had change hospital may be that could have brought needful solution for the survival of the boy. Remember all other actions now are term to be a belated effort bc none of this can restore the boy back to life.

  21. Emmoli

    April 15, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    One sided story and u all believed can u imagine.Am not surprise buhari will win the second time.

    • Iry

      April 17, 2018 at 10:21 AM

      Even the one sided story doesn’t point at anyone’s fault. It’s just a sad occurrence which could happen anywhere in the world.

  22. Onaolapo Ademola Lawal

    April 15, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    That’s why it’s always advisable to treat the patient and not the lab result. When the lab results and clinical features appear contrary, it’s better to treat both findings, only an inexperienced doctor will discard the clinical features in favour of the lab result.

    • Iry

      April 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM

      So they would have blindly opened up?????? This is not one of the numerous tropical diseases……… It’s a surgical case!!!

  23. Dr Ricardo

    April 15, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    I commiserate with this family on the loss of their precious son. While it is a sad case, it highlights the limitations of medical practice whether in Nigeria or abroad. This could have happened abroad as seen in the story below.

    I will try and outline the difficulties in this case.
    1. The initial history of swallowing the stub would mislead any clinician into thinking it had gone down the gullet into the stomach. There were no complaints of choking, difficulty in breathing or choking which are indicative of foreign body in the windpipe. History taking in children can be difficult.
    2. Standard treatment for such a small object if swallowed is a wait and see approach, for it to be passed out in the poo.
    3. Plastic objects don’t show up on x-ray or CT scan which is still x-ray based.
    4. The late presentation of cough probably was not immediately tied to the possibility of a foreign body aspiration 10 months earlier.
    5. Foreign body in the lung produces a wheeze seen most commonly in asthma. Thus a persistent cough with a wheeze in an older child is most likely asthma.

    It is unfortunate that this only manifested in a complicated state where a difficult and critical surgery was required. The post operative management of this child even in advanced intensive care setting would still have been tricky.

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss but let’s learn lessons for the future to help save more lives. This can be a campaign for provision of better medical and diagnostic care for children both from government and the private sector.

    God bless.

  24. Claudius

    April 16, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    So pathetic, sorry for your loss. Personally I am always scared to take my only son to Hospital now since will lost the his brother at Eko Hospital Maryland. My advise is for you to take solace in God.

    Because the more the case you are want to institute the more the pain of your loss. Just pray to God to preserve your girls and give them brighter future to outgrow your pain. It has happened to me and I am sure it was Hospital negligence that caused my son’s death too.

    God protection over our children is the most important thing.

  25. Ekums

    April 16, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    This is unfortunate. Parents should be careful with the health of their wards. For 10months you were still going to the same hospital. Even if you have shares in the place you should have sought another opinion much earlier. We need to know what happened at LASUTH. The reason for induced coma for 10 days is not acceptable. Thoracotomy and lobectomy is a regular operation and death is not expected unless there’s complications. Please get the truth and we can better advice you. Sorry for the loss of such a bright boy. Serious emergency problems such as severe head injury with massive intracranial hemorrhage leading to brain stem herniation is rarely ever managed with the urgency it needs because of very poor health system. We need to change our interests.

  26. Tayo

    April 16, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Barth i presume u are a doctor i totally disagree with u i feel the doctors at Reddington should av had a repeat scan done especially whn the cough was recurrent and probably refer to a chest surgeon cos the fact that the scan didnt pick the foreign body didnt not mean it
    wasnt there its a machine with limitations in my own training history is very important the parent told that he ingested a foreign body and symptoms are recurrent and the doc did not as k for a repeat scan and xray else where and no ctsu wasnt called to c? That was criminal and must be investigated sorry for ur loss i lost a relative too in a govt hospital its painful i knw oo

    • Chuka

      April 16, 2018 at 3:37 PM

      I’m so sorry for the loss of such a brilliant young boy. I believe there are many challenges within the health sector and the country at large. However, this story does not add up. Would be nice to hear from these doctors you’ve put out there to roast. For doctors to request for these tests on your child, treat your child and he got better, I don’t think that’s negligence. You barely mentioned what happened at Lasuth or the name of the surgeon? Is there a motive there, maybe Reddington is a soft target. I think if the stub was found you would have said so, also the removed organ, what happened? May Jimi R.I.P

  27. Shima K Gyoh

    April 16, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    This case would have been best investigated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) through its Investigating Panel (IP) made up of doctors and lawyers, examining medical records and interviewing staff and witnesses to first determine whether or not there is a case. Cases of alleged professional misconduct are unsuitable for police investigation and trial in regular courts. In alleged professional negligence and misconduct, justice for the complainant comes through IP investigation and trial at the Medical & Dental Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal. It is impossible to do this when the MDCN, the professional regulatory council is dissolved. The activities of these MDCN bodies also help to improve the quality of medical practice and establish a culture of sound medical regulation. That is how it was done in the developed world.
    Unfortunately, Nigerian governments have failed to understand the importance of keeping the existence of the MDCN in perpetuity as provided in the a enabling law. It remains dissolved for years, and as we discuss this, it is in dissolution and has been so for over five years. It is unfair to both the hospital and the family that the existing legal framework cannot be utilized, and many aggrieved Nigerians have been forced to turn to the mass media for sympathy.
    I am profoundly sorry for the family of Oluwajimi and hope that this tragedy will finally influence the authorities (I have tried through several avenues and failed) to wake up to this crucial need.

  28. Iko Ayuba

    April 17, 2018 at 1:13 AM

    As my teacher and mentor, Prof Shims K Gyoh said, this case need to be investigated by professionals in the MDCN Investigative panel made up of Doctors and Lawyers conversant with medical jurisprudence and Forensic Medicine.
    I hope the late Jimi had a proper postmortem examination, or is scheduled to have one by a medical examiner.
    Rushing to bury a decedent that has pending questions as to the cause of death might bury evidences in an investigative system that is evidence based and not moved by social media verdicts.
    I wish the decedent eternal rest and the family, God’s grace to bear the irreplaceable loss.

  29. Dr G

    April 17, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    This is a truly tragic episode and my heart goes out to the family. I can understand the decision they have taken in their grief to take to social media. I agree with many however that this gives a distorted view and invites comments from many who do not understand medicine.

    Diagnosis of an airway foreign body can be very difficult if the initial aspiration episode was not witnessed. Common misdiagnoses include asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. A significant number of the objects aspirated do not show in an X-ray or scan because what they are made of allows X-rays to pass through. In this case it is the suspicion that an airway foreign body might be present that guides further management.

    I can see the criticism of the Reddington Hospital which is partly deserved on the basis that the diagnosis should have been suspected sooner. But I am somewhat more critical of LASUTH where Jimi had an operation and eventually died.

    My first question is why was a bronchoscopy not perfomed? This would be the standard thing to do if an airway foreign body is suspected. A camera is inserted into the airway and foreign bodies can be detected and removed. The vast majority of cases are managed this way. Only a few will go on to have surgery. In my humble opinion LASUTH did the wrong thing in going straight to operation without first making a diagnosis via bronchoscopy and potentially removing the object without an operation.

    My second question is what actually happened during surgery and what were the complications afterwards? If the surgery took nine hours as described this is s very long tine for this kind of operation. Were there problems encountered at operation?

    Was the presence of a foreign body confirmed at pathology? Anything removed from the body should be sent to the laboratory for examination and diagnosis. Did the laboratory confirm the presence of a foreign body?

    This operation, which actually may have been unnecessary, should have resulted in death and i wouldn’t expect it to here in my hospital in the US.

    I think there are serious questions to be asked of LASUTH as to what actually caused the death of this beautiful and promising young man and to try and prevent this from happening again.

  30. Samuel

    April 17, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    This is gross and unforgivable incompetence and avoidable death. The child gave a classic and clear history of a foreign body in the airway from the onset and both hospital missed it! Plastics will not always show on X-ray or even on CT but there will be evidence of reduced air entry where the FB is. Emergency Paediatric bronchoscopy should have been done same day. Why was ENT or Thoracic surgery not consulted? If a hospital opens its door to children, then it must have the required trained personnel competent to manage emergencies. Are there no ATLS or ALS training in Nigeria?
    Shame a child died a needless death. The parents must pursue both hospitals for the sake of other children and the public at large. Truly embarrassing!! In the 21st century??

  31. emeka

    April 17, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    So sorry for your loss. I have information from verified sources which changes a lot of things.
    1. Your son was reported to be asthmatic or like most parents would put it, has allergies and has been recurrently nebulised for this allergy since age of 4. Your son reportedly had a pneumonia which was treated and he got well and went back to school.
    2. At the point of referral your son was said to very stable and was at home. Not admitted straight into lasuth. He was said walking and running.
    3. Lasuth cleared your hospital bills.
    4. NO FOREIGN BODY WAS SEEN AT SURGERY. You were made aware of this by the surgeon.
    5. You reportedly refused to carry out histology test on the removed sample
    6. There are documents to support this.
    7. Your office carried out proper investigation and absolved reddington of any negligence.
    May Jimi Rest in peace

    • joy

      April 17, 2018 at 6:59 PM

      If this is true the parents need to apologize to all parties involved.

    • joy

      April 17, 2018 at 7:27 PM

      If this is true. The parents should apologize to all parties involved.

  32. Adunni

    April 18, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    I am always regrettably amazed when we doctors ignorantly try to exonerate ourselves, I see in Nigeria everyday and yet how many of them have been exonerated in courts or Medical Tribunal? We should not always be too quick to defend ourselves with that attitude we learn nothing. When the regulators call for the case-notes and other documentations …..heads might just roll. I advise us to be circumspect in this regard.

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