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Husband Abandons Wife, Breast Cancer Patient In Hospital Over Inability To Pay Surgery Bill

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September 15, 2016 – Husband Abandons Wife, Breast Cancer Patient In Anambra Hospital Over Inability To Pay Surgery Bill

A 39-year-old mother of seven, Mrs Uzoamaka Onu has been abandoned by her husband at the New Mayor Hospital and Fertility Centre, Nkpor in Anambra over a bill of N520,000.

The woman had stayed in the hospital for four months following the non-payment of the bill.

Uzoamaka, a food vendor from Okpoto community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi, disclosed that the husband had absconded and abandoned her to her fate.
She said that she had lived in the hospital for four months and every attempt to reach her husband had failed.

“My husband stopped visiting the hospital after I successfully underwent a surgery on my right breast,” Uzoamaka said.

She said she did not blame her husband for absconding because he had suffered a lot since 2013 when signs of cancer started manifesting.

“My husband sells rat poison and cannot afford the money to pay the balance and I think that is why he has run away.

“I am appealing to good spirited Nigerians to come to my aid and help me to get back home.
“My problem started in 2013 when I started experiencing excruciating pain in my body, specifically in my lungs.
“I started visiting patent medicine stores for solution, but unfortunately that compounded my problems.
“However, it was on the advice of some friends and family members that I decided to visit General Hospital, Abakiliki where I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Uzoamaka said.

She said she had visited the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for solution.

Uzoamaka said that she also went to the New Mayor Hospital and Fertility Centre where she had a successful surgery, leading to outright removal of her right breast.

She said that N750,000 was the total amount by the hospital management for the surgery, with her family paying N230,000, leaving the outstanding balance.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ben Ossai, confirmed the incident, describing Uzoamaka’s case as pathetic.

Ossai said that the woman’s right breast was in a deteriorating state and was emitting offensive odour due to the devastation the ailment had caused.

“We decided to perform a surgery on her to remove the affected breast,’’ he said.
Ossai said that Uzoamaka underwent a successful surgery and had long been discharged pending when her family would pay the balance of her medical bill.

“But for four months now, her husband has not visited and we suspected he has absconded,’’ he said.



  1. fifelomo

    September 15, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Wait! @ 39years u already have 7kids????????? May God send destiny helpers to you.

  2. Metu Nyetu

    September 15, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    THANK God for a successful surgery. But nothing justifies your husband’s act of abandoning you there for this long. It may not be his fault that he is poor, but fleeing and leaving you to languish like this projects him as an irresponsible father and husband. The worst you could have done was go open and seek help from well-meaning Nigerians, just as your wife has done now. When—and I hope soon—people start responding to your wife’s request, and then you materialize, nobody would regard you at all.

  3. huchennar

    September 15, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    @fifelomo don’t be surprised mercy Johnson is on the verge to breaking that record… the hospital is the big loser here for their lack of understanding and knowledge.
    Instead of keeping her for four months without getting a penny they should allow her go home but make sign a contract on how she going to be paying either monthly or weekly… if they had taken this step the husband wouldn’t have ran away… and would have gladly concur in joining hands with his wife to pay the bills installmentally which is far better than just making her sit there without gain.


  4. Justin B.

    September 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Oga Husband please don’t abandon your sweetheart in the hospital because of poverty. Remember your first love

  5. Tope

    September 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Hearing cases like this on the media really call for a rethink about why suffering innocents nigerian citizens must support this administration in its efforts and determination to fight corruption in our society. It is not Buhari to be blamed for the situation we found ourselves. But obviously many of us who had refused to join the government in eradicating this destructive devil called CORRUPTION. I will not be quick to mention names of those who have grounded our economy and still challenging the justice system in order not to be prosecuted for their crimes against the entire nation, by looting the treasury. Honestly speaking, I see no quick fix to the economy. Unless We aggressively after those who have stolen our commonwealth.

  6. sola olaniyi

    September 17, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    This is why most Nigerian women don’t want to marry a poor man..useless husband

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