LUTH refutes allegation of wrong operation on patient

LUTHLAGOS University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, yesterday denied the allegation made by a patient of the hospital, one Funmilayo Oniyelu, who alleged in a national daily that she was wrongly operated.

Chief Medical Director (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode who reacted to the allegation, described it as false and untrue, saying: “It was not the surgery that caused her kidney to fail, it was her condition of severe pre-eclampsia.”

Prof. Bode said that it was true Oniyelu was admitted into LUTH twice, but each time, she came without being booked with an emergency life threatening complication of pregnancies from some other hospitals.

According to him, Oniyelu was first referred to the teaching hospital from a private hospital in her eighth-month of second pregnancy with severe hypertension and 2+proteinuria and, according to reports from that hospital; she had the condition four months earlier before her referral to LUTH.

The LUTH CMD further said: “Oniyelu after eight years was again referred back from the same Sentinel Hospital, Isolo, through our Accident and Emergency centre with a severe case of pre-eclampsia with drainage of liquor at 36 blood pressure of 170/120mmgHg and a double fetal heart-beat.”

Besides, Consultant Nephrologist, Dr. Lara Mabayoje, who was part of the experts who handled Oniyelu’s case, pointed out that she had the kidney failure the very first time she came to LUTH in 2008 with pre-eclampsia and hypertension that damaged her kidney.

“She didn’t come back for follow up treatment, only for her to report again with pregnancy and 3+ proteinuria, which shows she is at the end stage.”

Mabayoje, Head of Dialyses Centre, LUTH, who disclosed that Mrs. Oniyelu was at the hospital for her most recent dialyses on February 24, 2016, noted that the little kidney that remained in her was not working for her alone but the baby as well, so the kidney eventually packed up and the baby died.

“More so, she didn’t get proper treatment in between the pregnancies and then having the last pregnancy on an already bad kidney was risky. Anybody, who has eclampsia during pregnancy, has high risk of kidney disease. She developed the kidney failure because she had eclampsia the first time and she disappeared after her discharge.

“To say a wrong operation was done on her was shocking.”

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