There is a chance you have read this Doren Specialist Hospital Ajah: A tale of woes, tragedies and death | Victims speak and this Re: Doren Specialist Hospital Ajah: A tale of woes, tragedies and death | More victims recount experiences shared experiences of Doren Hospital’s former clients. This is the very story that prompted them. A young promising Nigerian, Adekunle Sanusi lost his equally young, talented and promising wife to the hospital’s negligence.
On August 27th at about 1am I rushed my wife, Rayo, to Doren Specialist Hospital Ajah as she was having severe stomach pains; Doren Specialist Hospital was the closest hospital to us on our HMO list.
My wife had used the hospital previously to treat an acute neck fracture and she was attended to by the Medical director, Dr. Ekong hence it was normal for us to go there because we did not have any reason to second guess their services.
Upon arrival at Doren Hospital, we were attended to by nurses on duty who referred immediately to the Doctor on duty Dr. Felix, whom we later found out to be just a senior medical officer rather than a properly qualified medical doctor.
Dr. Felix’s initial prognosis was that the cause of my wife’s abdominal pain could be appendicitis, but my wife told Dr. Felix that she was pregnant so this prompted Dr. Felix to call the resident gynecologist Dr. Lasisi to also have a check on my wife to ascertain the actual cause of the pain in her abdomen. Dr. Lasisi gave another prognosis to be either acute appendicitis or ectopic pregnancy and Dr. Lasisi said my wife would be admitted immediately for close monitoring and running of scan/tests
My wife was promptly admitted and given a pain relieving drip. My wife was initially admitted to the general ward and they premised their reason on the fact that they needed clearance from the HMO to move her to a private ward but I insisted that she be moved to a private ward because I could afford to pay whatever bill accrued without necessary recourse to the HMO, the hospital obliged.
By 9am my wife went for the scan and her blood was taken for other tests, the scan revealed she had twins but one of the babies was in the Fallopian tube instead of the womb; after the scan the gynecologist Dr. Lasisi came to my wife’s private ward to address us on the result of the scan and he gave us 2 options of treatment.
Dr Lasisi gave us the Surgery option in which my wife will undergo a minor surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy or the second option of simply injecting the ectopic baby from outside under the guide of radio scan. We choose the less invasive option of injecting the ectopic pregnancy from outside the body and Dr. Lasisi promised to get on it and left the room.
We waited in the private ward for the treatment to begin, only for us to discover that the hospital hadn’t done anything to start treatment based on the excuse of waiting for clearance from the HMO. I insisted again with anger that they should proceed without the HMO because payment would not be an issue for us.
It was in the process of waiting for the hospital to begin treatment that my wife started having the severe abdominal pain again and this time it was not receding rather it was so severe that my wife was in uncontrollable tears because of the agony of pain; I went and vented for the medical personnel to get the doctors to act!
Upon the arrival of Dr. Lasisi, he said my wife had to go for surgery based on the level of pain she was at the moment and he told us that there was a high possibility that the ectopic pregnancy has ruptured, she was prepped for surgery and the surgery started at about 4:04pm.
The surgery lasted for more than 1 hour. When my wife came out from surgery she responded to calls and command given to her by the doctors. After some checks for her vital signs, the doctors left as well as the nurses leaving me with her, it was after this that her pulse went up that I went to call the doctors again and I was told to go to the recovery room, this was the last time I saw my wife alive!
Adekunle Sanusi @adequnle
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