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Distraught Mother Pleads for Probe into Disappearance of Son's Intestine

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Distraught Mother Pleads for Probe into Disappearance of Son's Intestine
Abiodun Deborah, a mother from Lagos, Nigeria, is pleading with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her son's small intestine after a surgical procedure at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). The distraught mother hopes to find answers and justice for her son's condition, which now requires expensive intravenous nutrition and potentially a life-saving intestinal transplant not available in Africa.

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Abiodun Deborah, a distraught mother, is pleading with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to investigate the alarming disappearance of her 12-year-old son's small intestine after a procedure at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.

The nightmare began for Abiodun when her son, Adebola Akin-Bright, was referred to LASUTH from Obitoks Medical Centre in Ileepo, Alimosho Local Government area, following complications from an earlier surgery to correct intestinal obstruction.

"Sometime in February this year, my boy started vomiting and stooling," Abiodun recounted on Friday, August 11, 2023. "At Obitoks Medical Centre, it was discovered he had a ruptured appendix requiring surgery. After about two weeks, he seemed healthy again. But in June, stomach pains led to a second surgery for intestinal obstruction at the same center."

However, when complications arose post-surgery, Obitoks' Dr. Abayomi Baiyewu suggested another operation, hinting at collaboration with a teaching hospital professor.

Skeptical, Abiodun sought a transfer to LASUTH, expecting better care.

Upon arrival at LASUTH, a series of tests suggested Adebola might not require another surgery. However, when the boy's condition worsened, surgery was deemed necessary.

To Abiodun's horror, post-surgery feedback revealed an unsettling finding: Adebola's small intestine was inexplicably missing.

A flabbergasted Abiodun struggled to fathom the situation, asking, "Where could a 26-feet long small intestine have vanished to?" The surgeon from Obitoks was equally baffled and questioned LASUTH's claims, given Adebola was in their care for 27 days.

He assured the distraught family that his referral explicitly detailed his operations on the boy.

The gravity of Adebola's condition means he cannot absorb nutrients conventionally and might depend on total parenteral nutrition, TPN, - an intravenous nutrition source.

"TPN costs about N65,000, and he requires two bags every three days. How can we sustain this?" Abiodun lamented. Moreover, prolonged TPN use might endanger Adebola's liver, and a potential intestinal transplant isn't available in Africa.

With desperation, Abiodun beseeches Governor Sanwo-Olu, "I am begging the Governor to save my son and also unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of his intestine for the sake of justice."

This shocking incident raises serious concerns about the quality of medical care and the accountability of healthcare institutions in Nigeria. It is imperative that Governor Sanwo-Olu launches a thorough investigation into the matter to provide answers for Abiodun and her son.

Additionally, this case highlights the urgent need for improved healthcare infrastructure and expertise in Nigeria. While the disappearance of a small intestine is an extraordinary occurrence, the lack of a suitable medical facility to perform an intestinal transplant in Africa is a significant concern.

The plea for intervention extends beyond Abiodun and Adebola; it represents the countless individuals who may have suffered due to medical malpractice or the absence of specialized treatments in the region.

Governor Sanwo-Olu must prioritize this investigation, ensuring that those responsible for the disappearance of Adebola's small intestine are held accountable. Moreover, the government should take proactive measures to enhance the healthcare system, fostering trust and providing adequate medical support for all Nigerians.

It is crucial that incidents like these are not swept under the rug, and the rights and well-being of patients are safeguarded. Only through rigorous examination, transparency, and improvements can healthcare in Nigeria truly prioritize the welfare of its citizens.

Source of content: OOO News 2023-08-12 News

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