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A pregnant woman, Mrs. Funkemi Hunpe, has died following an alleged negligence by an Indian doctor, Dr. M. B. Jayaram, while being delivered of her baby through a caesarean session at Prema Sai Hospital, Agege, Lagos.
Her husband, Mr. Semako Hunpe, blamed the death of his wife on the medical personnel at the hospital adding that they inflicted cuts on his baby, Oluwasetemi Mary Hunpe, while she was being delivered.
According to New Telegraph, Hunpe alleged that after his wife had died, the hospital called a pastor to pray for her, hoping to resuscitate her. He was also angry that throughout his wife’s prolonged labour, the Indian doctor did not bother to join the nurses in the labour room until it was too late.
In a suit filed by his lawyer, Mr. Kayode Adaramoye, at an Ikeja High Court, the widower alleged that the doctor’s professional misconduct led to his wife’s death.
The case is yet to be heard. But Hunpe averred that his wife consulted Jayaram on February 17, for the purpose of ante-natal services.
The widower explained that his wife had gone to the hospital after she noticed some pre-delivery signs on February 24, 2014 and was, “subsequently placed on admission and given injections, sequel to which she was ordered to engage in labour exercise for several hours without medical attention from available mid-wives and auxiliary nurses.”
The medical officials called him into the labour room after his wife had suffered “intense labour without adequate care.”
They urged him to encourage his apparently tired wife, ‘to push out.’
He disclosed that he saw a nurse apply a local balm known as Aboniki on his wife’s abdomen and at the same time asking her to push out.
He said, “After this amateurish mechanism did not yield the desired result, they cut my wife three times to bring out the baby and placed it somewhere unattended to.” These unprofessional cuts eventually madethe woman bleed to death according to the bereaved husband.
No doctor appeared in the labour room through the duration until one of the nurses went to call the Indian doctor.
He further disclosed that on February 26, 2014, at about 6:45PM, the doctor told him to call his pastor to pray for his wife whose condition got worse .
The woman eventually gave up and the hospital allegedly called a pastor to pray for her to resurrect which never happened.
The hospital’s counsel, John Adanike however denied all the allegations against the hospital and declined to comment on the cut injuries visible on the baby’s body.
He said, “Our client denies being negligent in any manner or being guilty of any professional misconduct.
“Consequently, our client denies liability to pay damages in the sum of N500 million or any sum at all.
“No doctor would willingly allow the death of his patient. He would work with all his professional knowledge to save life. But if by any circumstance death occurs, the doctor or the hospital should not be held to ransom. People die every day.”