Family demand justice for lady who died at childbirth
Friends and family members of a young lady who died during childbirth in a specialist hospital in Lagos State, have risen up to demand justice for the deceased.
The victim, Chisom Anekwe, was said to have died due to the negligence of doctors at the Magodo Specialist Hospital located in the Shangisha area of the state.
A post on a group chat by the LEAP Africa Alumni Association where Anekwe belonged to, quoted her husband as saying that his wife died in strange circumstances on April 30, 2017, while also indicting the hospital of negligence and incompetence.
The bereaved family is, therefore, demanding that the hospital be investigated while calling on the Federal Government to put measures in place for such incidences not to occur again.
Read an account of the incident here:
"This is Chisom Anekwe (nee Okereke), a young, vivacious, graceful, kind-hearted and intelligent woman who had devoted her life to helping indigent kids and giving their lives a meaning. She’s an alumna of LEAP Africa.
Two weeks ago, precisely April 30th, 2017, Chisom died under questionable circumstances at Magodo Specialist Hospital while trying to birth her third offspring.
We believe strongly that the authorities need to ensure that lives are taken sacred in hospitals like Magodo Specialist Hospital where such avoidable deaths are recorded.
Chisom was admitted in the hospital four days before she got into labour. She already had two daughters birthed in the same hospital and was there to birth her third child, a son.
While at the hospital, no one attended to her when she needed the help to be delivered of the long awaited baby. She was left for hours in labour.
This happened until her husband created a scene which eventually caused the doctors to go to her ward and on inspection, they found out that the baby had struggled and died.
The husband at this point requested for a CS which he paid for and even signed the consent form presented by the hospital.
He was then tricked out of the room to go prepare for blood transfusion and on getting back, he found out that the doctors had induced the wife and delivered the dead baby without operation not minding that the CS procedure had been paid for.
This was also without his consent. During the process of delivering the baby, the placenta got ruptured and the doctors left her like that, no further attendance still.
Shortly after, the husband noticed she was swelling up in her stomach area and called the attention of the doctors who said they were getting ready for a surgery, a preparation that took longer than usual.
After waiting in vain for the surgical team, the frustrated husband went furiously to the reception to demand why they were wasting time only to discover the doctor had sneaked out of the hospital under funny pretenses.
At this point, he got other hospital staff to wheel her out of the hospital and in that process, Chisom died!
This is the story of most young women who die while giving birth as a result of the callousness, ignorance, and carelessness of inexperienced doctors.
In this era, we shouldn’t be talking about Child and Maternal Mortality especially when it can be avoided. This could have been avoided but it wasn’t and now Chisom Jane Anekwe is a victim and has been added to the statistics.
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