Family and friends of late Chisom Jane Anekwe (nee Okereke) are demanding for justice after her death at the Magodo Specialist Hospital, Lagos. She died on April 30th, 2017, while giving birth to her third child. Her family and friends including members of the LEAP Africa alumni are alleging that she was left unattended for a long time in the midst of labour and pregnancy complications. The mother of two was laid to rest in Awka, Anambra state yesterday.
Some medical practitioners have questioned certain aspects of the incident while others have joined in condemning her death. The Hospital is yet to share its side of the story on these allegations. Whichever way, one thing is that Chisom’s story will help to bring the thorny issue of medical negligence in Nigeria to the front burner again. There is currently an online petition being signed by concerned individuals
Here is a narration of a member of LEAP Africa alumni on the incident-
“Today we (LEAP Africa Alumni) bury one of our finest member and we can’t help but to push out the story of how she died so individuals, families, and our society at large will perhaps take nothing for granted when it comes to women giving birth. Life is sacred and those who treat it with recklessness should be called to order.
So, 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 in Lagos 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.
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 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 without his consent