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Photo: Woman Dies At LUTH On Easter Monday Because Of Doctors Inability To Give Her Oxygen

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April 12, 2016 – Picture: Woman Dies At LUTH On Easter Monday Because Of Doctors Inability To Give Her Oxygen

An estate developer, Ausbet Udebu, has accused doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Mushin, Lagos, of professional misconduct.

The doctors’ action, he claimed, led to the death of Ngozi, his wife on March 28.

Udebu, 56, alleged that the physician diagnosed and treated his late wife of ulcer, but the autopsy showed that she died of Asphyxia.

Asphyxia is the loss of consciousness due to the body’s inability to deliver oxygen to its tissues. Reliving the incident, Udebu said he and his family had gone to celebrate Good Friday at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Yaba, Lagos Mainland when his daughter called him that their mother had severe stomach pain.

“We rushed her to LUTH around 9pm with my wife writhing in pains. She underwent some tests/scan and the results were ready before 7am the following day.”

Udebu said he took the results to the doctors, and was asked to wait until they were ready for ward rounds.

He said: “After about 90 minutes, a doctor finally turned up, checked her and said the scan revealed some trace of ulcer. The doctor prescribed Gascol and an injection which were not available at LUTH.

I bought the prescribed drugs. Still, there was no relief. The doctor then prescribed another brand of injection called IV NEXIUM. Again, I bought it.”

The bereaved husband said the emergency unit where his wife, 46, was kept had no light, fan and good ventilation.

He said he used his phone flashlight to assist the doctor in finding his wife’s vein, adding that he fanned her because she was sweating profusely and had difficulty breathing because of the stuffy room.

“My wife was moved to the female ward later where I was told that no patient relation was allowed to stay. Even her younger sister volunteered to stay and help her out in case of any need but the nurses refused, saying it was against the hospital’s policy.

“During this time, my wife’s condition deteriorated to the extent of needing oxygen. I bought an oxygen mask to help her breathe. In her weak state, my wife pleaded with the nurses to permit me or her younger sister to be with her through the night, but her plea was equally turned down. ‘Daddy, don’t go’ was the last words I heard her say. I felt dejected as I was forced out of the ward around 11pm.”

Udebu said he got to the hospital the following day around 6am with his eldest daughter “and we got the shocker of our life”.

“The curtain over her bed was already drawn. Immediately I suspected something eerie. I did not want to believe my wife and mother of my four children was no more. I was told my wife died in the early hours of that morning. Nobody contacted the family when she passed on. Everything about LUTH is wrong. A ward with more than 35 patients with only two nurses available to attend to them. It was later I learnt any patient who registered in any of the doctors’ private clinics will have an army of doctors attending to him/her because he/she has paid in the doctor’s private clinic.”

The Udebu’s in law, Quincy Opara, said: “The doctor concluded that her death was caused by ulcer even before an autopsy was carried out. The result of the autopsy came out, to the surprise of everybody, it stated that she died of asphyxia. What is the relationship between asphyxia and ulcer which was the doctor’s ‘diagnosis’?

“This is shameful and above all disgraceful for Nigeria’s prime health institution. The nurse on duty when confronted that they may not have known when she passed on said that she passed on at 3am. She claimed that they battled to save her life.”

The body of Mrs Udebu, a teacher at St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, has been deposited in a morgue in Delta State.

[The Nation]



  1. Ada

    April 12, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    My mum died in Luther July 3rd 2015, this same way..GOD WILL JUDGE THEM. They murdered her. May the soul of Mrs Clementine Nkechinyere Iwuchukwu rest in Peace, AMEN.

  2. coch

    April 12, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    justice needs prevailing on this cruel ways our doctors treats patients may be due to all this unpaid salaries. really professional misconduct. oga stand for justice. stupid people on uniform. some of dose doctors are mad.

  3. Fola

    April 12, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    My mummy died in LUTH the same way in May 2014. It still pains me to loss someone dear to you in that way. It is high time hospital management started be made responsible and pay damages in this country. Rip Mrs Iwuchukwu, may God console family and friends left behind

  4. fifelomo

    April 12, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    RIP madam. So sad.

  5. Maryf

    April 12, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    The doctors and nurses at that hospital killed her. They don’t know how to carry out test on human, the nurses there don’t even know when the woman died because they’re so careless. Nurses can not take care of patient and they can’t allow any family member to stay with their person. What kind of stupid management is that in that hospital? That hospital is suppose to be closed down.

  6. james

    April 12, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    We are fighting corruption, while it keep on bearing more and more children, it is becoming a sea wave, when it is blocked this side, it will come to another area with greater force. everything thing in Nigeria is not working, Nigerian has become a place where it is quite impossible for somebody to be sure of living the next day, it very very shameful to all the concerned authority who have turn blind eyes on her citizen, killings and brutalizing innocent people without fear of God, yes it is a change.
    Rest on Madam, God will surely remember you in the time of resurrection, when death and wickedness is no more, when the evil people will be wiped away from the surface of the world, psalms 37 vs 9 to 11.

  7. betty

    April 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    luth,they dont valve life. I pray God give ur family the fortitude to bear d loss

  8. Ace

    April 12, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    My mum nearly died in LUTH in Aug 2005. She had eosophageal constriction( couldn’t swallow nothing) They did exploratory surgery, she was cut from under her breast to navel, then a student doctor was asked to put an IV to get fluids, the student doctor claimed he couldn’t get vein in her arm, he decided to get it in her foot, thereby introducing bacteria into her system, she got septic, thank God my brother is a medical doctor too, he adviced we moved my mom to a private clinic, that was where she recovered.
    If she had stayed in LUTH for another day she would have died. Even the surgery did not solve the problem, she was still vomitting, couldn’t retain anything. I thank God my mom is here in US, all what they did was balloon dilation which was done within 30 minutes. Since O my country Nigeria, this is so sad, people die for simple illnesses. Since 2009 my mom had been living a normal life here in USA.

  9. John Emeka

    April 12, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Am a medical student too but my pledge and love 4 human life won’t and ill never allow me taking human life 4 granted just like d way most health personel do.
    I support d man 2 take a drastic measure on d matter atleast as a warning and lesson 2 other pple.

  10. Olanrewaju

    April 12, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    What a sad story. Govt should provide hospital facilities in other not to record anymore death… Rip ma

  11. UGO

    April 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Since Government has refuse to set up a body that will checkmate the excesses
    of medical practitioner in our government hospitals, i don’t advice people to patronize govt hospitals especially when it comes to serious and delicate cases like this. madam her your soul R.I.P

  12. Uzoma

    April 12, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    The health care system should be upgraded. Some of the doctors operating in that country are not specialized and some of them go straight into practice after completing college. Completion of first degree in medicine and jump into practice without going further to specialize and do some internship should be discouraged. The doctor diagnosed something different from what the autopsy showed. This is the reason why most Nigerian doctors don’t want to come back home. The healthcare system in Nigeria is corrupt.

  13. Jenny

    April 12, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    I witnessed same at Lagos Island general hospital before my mum died on 5th Feb,’15. We hav wicked nurses who hav no value for human lives in general hospitals. It will neva be well wth them. RIP to the dead

  14. Lola O

    April 12, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Nigeria’s problems are diverse. Doctors are frustrated due to lack of adequate equipment and funding to carry out the simplest tests to properly diagnose illness. My friend’s mother had been misdiagnosed, she spent a small fortune on drugs until she finally got to Canada and they found out excess gas inside her stomach was the cause. She got well upon being given antacid medication. It is shameful that our leaders travel abroad with Nigeria’s money to get treatment, but deprive citizens the same privilege of access to medical treatment with our very own resources. Diaris God o.

  15. Annie

    April 13, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Things may get better if there can be a way of stopping those in power from going outside the country for medical treatment with our own money. Thereby, we all will have to use the same medical facilities available.
    It is well with Nigeria.

  16. sola olaniyi

    April 13, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    A law should be passed prohibiting government officials and their family from going abroad for medical treatment..This will make them do the right thing

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