The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba has released a statement to address its part in the trending #SaveMayowa controversy.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kenneth Otuneme, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LUTH, said that the institution was not involved in the fundraising campaign, and did not refer her overseas for treatment.
According to the Otuneme, the hospital only “arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy” and wanted to conduct fresh tests on Mayowa, but the family insisted that she be flown abroad for treatment.
He further added that Mayowa’s family has been told about the risk of flying her out of the country because of her low blood count. He however said that they had to transfuse her with “much needed” blood after persuasion from her family.
Otuneme said that the hospital management, however, had to invite the police to restore peace within its premises following an altercation between Ahmed’s relatives and persons unknown to the hospital.
He urged the general public to patiently await the outcome of the ongoing police investigations.
Read the full statement below:
“Mayowa Ahmed, 31, is an old patient of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital who has been on treatment for another condition.
Ahmed came into the Private Wing of LUTH on Monday, July 25, with a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass.
The patient accompanied by some of her family members brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.
Three different specialists: a gynaecologist, an oncologist and a haematologist- were invited to review Ahmed’s case.
They all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.
They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests on her to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.
The family, however, requested to fly Ahmed outside the country barely 24 hours after her admission in LUTH, thus stalling all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
We were able to transfuse her with much-needed blood only after lots of persuasion when the family was told point blank that it was risky for her to travel by air, given her low blood count.
“Today is the 3rd day after admission and a definitive diagnosis has not yet been made while the relations insist on their own to carry her abroad.
“LUTH has only dealt with Miss Ahmed and her relations throughout her stay and not with any other third party.
“Contrary to any circulating information, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital did not refer Miss Ahmed overseas and this Institution is not involved with any fund-raising activity or activist on her behalf.
“There was a disturbance of the peace today around the ward premises. When an altercation involving Miss Ahmed’s relatives and persons not known to the Hospital ensued, the police were invited to restore peace in the Hospital.
“Both parties are presently with the police and we urge the general public to patiently await the outcome of the ongoing police investigations.
“We also enjoin the good-natured public, our caring press-men and all philanthropists to seek the expert opinions of specialists in Nigeria if we want to maximise the gains of their concerted efforts and selfless contribution towards alleviating the suffering of fellow Nigerians.“
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