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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Magodo Specialist Hospital responds on the death of Chison Anekwe who died while delivering her baby at the hospital

Chisom Anekwe, a mother of two who was expecting her third, died at the Magodo specialist hospital when she went to deliver her first son (read here). Following her death, friends and family accused the hospital of incompetence. Magodo specialist hospital has now replied. 
 
The management of the hospital expressed sympathy for the death of Chisom and her baby and are telling their side of the story. Read that after the cut...
 

In the statement written by Mr Samuel O Isong on behalf of Magodo Specialist Hospital Limited and sent to LIB, the hospital referred to the claims making the rounds online as "untrue, falsified and distorted". Mr Isong said Chisom was a pleasant woman and was loved by both staff and patient and was also well known because she had her two daughters in the hospital. However, when she was pregnant with her son, she developed hypertension (pre-eclampsia) and complications resulting thereof led to her death.

The hospital said they did everything they could to put her needs above theirs and ensure what was best for her was what she got, however, despite the best human efforts, death still occurs sometimes. According to the statement, the case is presently under investigation by statutory bodies such as the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and the Lagos State Health Facilities Accreditation and Monitoring Authority (HEFAMA).

Below is the statement sent to LIB from Magodo Specialist Hospital:

 MAGODO SPECIALIST HOSPITAL ON THE DEATH OF MRS CHISOM ANEKWE.

We are deeply saddened by the death of Mrs Chisom Anekwe. We wish to express our sympathy to the family and friends on this unfortunate and tragic incidence. We pray that God will comfort them and grant them the fortitude to bear this great loss. We are however compelled to address the postings on the social media which are untrue. The facts have been markedly falsified and distorted. It would appear that deliberate attempts were made to damage the image of the hospital and the integrity of the attending doctors and nurses based on false premises. It has become necessary to state the hospital’s account within the limits of professional ethics in order to give members of the public a balanced perspective. We wish to state that the case is presently under investigation by statutory bodies such as the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and the Lagos State Health Facilities Accreditation and Monitoring Authority (HEFAMA) and as such, the hospital would not want to do anything that would prejudice such investigations. It is also hoped that a post mortem examination would help to unravel the cause of this unfortunate incident.
                                                                                                              
Mrs Chisom Anekwe was a pleasant and gracious lady who was well liked by staff and other patients. We were delighted when she registered for antenatal care in Magodo Specialist Hospital for her third baby. She had had 2 previous successful deliveries in this hospital in 2012 and 2015 respectively. During the index pregnancy, she developed hypertension at a time when the baby was not yet matured for delivery. Hypertensive diseases (pre-eclampsia) are the leading cause of death associated with pregnancy worldwide. She was offered admission to control and monitor the blood pressure on 26 April 2017 but declined and went home. She later returned on 27 April 2017 because of headache and inability to sleep. She was placed on BP lowering drugs and was regularly seen by doctors and nurses including gynaecologists. At least 3 gynaecologists attended to her individually or jointly during her admission.

She remained stable until the early hours of 30 April 2017 when she complained of sudden severe abdominal pain. It emerged that she did not take the medication prescribed to reduce her blood pressure the previous evening. The nurses and doctors including a gynaecologist came to see and made a diagnosis of placental abruption, a condition in which the placenta is detached from the womb before the onset of labour. Placental abruption is a known complication of hypertension in pregnancy and in this condition, the patient would lose a lot of blood and the baby would suffer from nutrient and oxygen lack and is usually born dead. On assessment, the patient was in shock. Immediate steps were taken to resuscitate her with intravenous drips and oxygen while attempts were made to obtain blood for transfusion. The staff then prepared for emergency caesarean section to try and save the baby. The team including gynaecologist, anaesthetist and paediatrician were called and they attended. But before starting the operation, the doctors needed to confirm that the baby was still alive by listening to the heartbeat. Unfortunately, the baby’s heartbeat was not heard.

This necessitated a change of plan. They decided not to proceed with the operation because the baby was already dead and the operation could be dangerous for the mother in that situation. A further complication of placental abruption is disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC) a condition where the blood fails to clot. This could lead to excessive and uncontrollable bleeding during a caesarean operation. This was explained to the husband who gave consent for labour to be induced. Labour was induced and she was monitored throughout. She then had a normal delivery of the baby and placenta following labour induction.
Resuscitation of the patient continued and she was given drips and blood transfusion to replace what she had lost. She was continually monitored by nurses, doctors and gynaecologists. She was never left on her own contrary to the postings on social media. There was initial improvement in her condition, which appeared to be stabilizing. But when it unexpectedly started to deteriorate, it was decided after consultation with the husband to transfer her to another hospital.

The story on social media suggested that the patient fell into labour, called for help and nobody came. This is not true. The claim that the patient fell into labour was contradicted by the same social media post which alleged that labour was induced without the husband’s consent. The patient never fell into labour and when she developed placenta abruption, the doctors and nurses including the gynaecologist attended promptly. For most of the time, 2 gynaecologists jointly attended to her along with other doctors and nurses. The patient was monitored continually during the management of this severe emergency.

The decision not to proceed with caesarean section was taken in the patient’s overall best interest and according to standard medical practice. The theatre was prepared and the team of gynaecologist, anaesthetist, paediatrician and others assembled ready to do the operation. They did not proceed because of consideration of the patient’s overall best interest. Ironically, it would be financially more rewarding for the hospital to do caesarean section rather than offer vaginal delivery. We placed our patient’s interest above any potential financial gain.

The story also claimed that the “doctor sneaked out of the hospital”. This is untrue. Two gynaecologists were jointly attending to the patient and when her condition appeared to be stabilizing, one of them left with a plan to return after a short while. And when he was contacted that the patient’s condition was deteriorating, he immediately made his way back to the hospital and later proceeded to the hospital where the patient was referred to support the family. He left the referral hospital after he was physically assaulted by the patient’s husband.

We care very passionately about the health and lives of our patients. The hospital is well equipped and adequately staffed. The hospital is fully accredited by the relevant statutory authorities. We are very sorrowful about losing this patient. The death of any young person is regrettable and must be guarded against. We have handled many difficult cases successfully in the past and did our best in this situation. But we also are humble to recognize that doctors and nurses may care, it is God that heals and that despite human best effort, death may still occur.   We are greatly distressed and saddened by the death of this young woman who had been our patient for over 5 years and had her 2 babies successfully under our care. Our hearts and prayers are with the family. We pray that God in His infinite mercy will comfort them and grant them the grace and strength to bear this great loss. We pray that the almighty God will take care of the children and the family she has left behind.

Mr Samuel O Isong
On Behalf Of Magodo Specialist Hospital Limited

56 comments:

Hussein said...

the family needs to hurry and sue that hospital for negligence of duties. a lot of private and even public hospitals usually act

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incompetently on some occassions. how can let a young lady die like that.

Esther Norah said...

Too long, I will read n comment tomoro. Good nite y'll period

Joyous babe, Linda Ikeji FIrst Cousin said...

Rubbish statement! Since April is now u are realising statement unfortunately she not here to tell her own story.

Anonymous said...

Normally the hospital is at fault for not making sure she is given the drugs. Also a CS earlier would have been the answer. In other countries the hospital would be paying millions now for the family. To not do the operation because they couldn't hear the heartbeat????? What the hell there's no way she'd recover without it, they have contradicted themselves.
- my view-

Saphire Muna said...

Who are we to believe? May God rest her soul.. Amen

evy claret said...

If the hospital is well equipped and adequately staffed, why refer her to another hospital after the neglect?


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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

God knows best


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olajide ijaola said...

There are ALWAYS 3 sides to a story : Yours, mine and then the truth. Wisdom demands that we at least listen to 2 sides before jumping to any conclusions. May the dead RIP. Amen.

Anonymous said...

I dont believe their side of the story. Theres something fishy

Anonymous said...

These Nigerian doctors are foolish. When someone has placenta abruption the ideal thing to do is to operate on the person immediately.I don't know what they teach these tools in medical school

Anonymous said...

This is medicine after death, Nigerian hospitals should take ownership of their gross negligence, inability to have a plan when something goes wrong. This is a warning to any pregnant woman with preeclampsia, you have to make sure you deliver at a general hospital or a 1st class hospital that has oxygen and blood. Not a local hospital where they cannot handle high risk situations. This quack has diagnosed this woman with two diseases preeclampsia and placental abruption which means either way she was going to die, since your hospital des not know what it's doing. IN AN EMERGENCY THE DOCTORS DECIDED TO TAKE A BREAK AND THEN COME BACK, WHO GAVE HER ANESTHESIA? Why was the c-section not done on time, did she eat before the c-section, you just painted a chaotic situation where it seems the hospital was out of control and you had to refer her out, why wasn't this done from the onset. To top it all...are you are in your right mind saying a normal delivery is cheaper than a c-section for the hospital ....are you out of your freaking mind!!!!!
Chison Rest in peace and I pray God comforts your husband and the kids.

CHY D said...

Bla Bla Bla na oyibo una dey speak. Why wouldn't you defend una self? That's normal but God dey.

Anonymous said...

this is so sad...

Joy Rama said...

Before nko wetin una wan talk before!! We know how u medical personnel behave nonchalantly sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is a Joke,They never take medical seriously,Just few Dr's Have d passion for d jab.

Anonymous said...

Are you a doctor? No so u don't understand half of what they are talking about so pls keep quiet.thanks

Anonymous said...

Atimes patients shld strictly adhere to doctors advice and dictates,when they ask u 2 take certain medications,u shld take them...Feel so sorry for d family,may God consoles them....

Joan said...

Shame on you Mr. Samuel Isong, for offering such a lame justification for your hospitals gross misconduct and incompetence. How did they not know that she didn't take her medication? Are they not supposed to ensure she does. Is that not part of their patient care? Common pain management medication, oyibbo will stay with you and watch while you swallow, not to talk of something as crucial as a BP stabilising medication in pregnancy. Oga dissappear into doctor, what was so important to you than your patient in critical condition? May the wrath of God fall upon you all for the wasting this poor woman's life. I pray for her family, may God be with them. Shame on you all Magodo hospital.

Olire Afon said...

is the hospital not supposed to ensure the patient takes her drugs? Her Bp sky rocketted through the roof. I dont understand..... the hospital was negligent in not ensuring her meds were taken. omg. I dont blame those who travel abroad if they can.

chidimma okeke said...

My dear medical practice have mode of operation. U don't rush to section a woman who has a dead baby.

Bolanle Obadina said...

This statement statement by the hospital management just showed their incompetency, how can a patience with Pre-eclampsia) be left for 3 days without emergency induced labour or CS. I had Th same medical issue when I went to deliver my baby in the US, and immediately my gyne realized I had pregnancy induced hypertension, he was so blunt by saying " if u don't have this baby in the next 24 hrs, you Will die" I almost thought he was joking and I said I wanted to go home , but he told me right there and then than he is responsible for my wellbeing and the next thing I knew was I was rushed for emergency delivery , induced with so much monitoring at every hour, heat beat, baby's condition and thank God I had my baby in less than 24 hrs. I am so sure if it was a Nigerian hospital , death will have occurred. My Point is this hospital was totally negligent, how will they say a patient went home after they realizedher situation, secondly they also said she failed to use her drug a day before the situation got worse... This is totally unacceptable . once a patience have pre- eclampsia the first thing to prevent death is to bring out the baby. I am so heartbroken . RIP CHISON #JUSTICEFORCHISOM

Agbomen said...

Medicine after death. A patient on bed rest in a hospital, missed talking her anti hypertensive medication, under your watch, right under your nose. And you are trying to make it look like that's not on you?? So why was she on admission in the first place?? That's on you. Carelessness bunch of incompetent pple. Your story sounds like it was quite a confused situation, nd I bet it was. Chisom is gone and no amount of grandstanding or BS statement will be her back. So you can all go to HELL and burn to ashes.

Anonymous said...

I have read the "defence" of an official from the Magodo specialist Hospital. I am a Senior obstetrician and gynaecologist- having read the hospital's statement, I would like to state that this is a case of gross mis-management. The case needs thorough investigation - we cannot continue to allow our women to die because of technical incompetence and negligence! Surely, this is one of those cases where the doctors would have done things differently - and the patient would have been alive!

Adekunle Olukunmi Obilade said...

We don't appreciate our own, if it had occurred in a London hospital were many Nigerians died cheaply we will accept it as the act of God. It is now evident that many Nigerians know more than their doctors, please treat yourself when you are sick and don't go to those foolish doctors who don't know anything. My heart is with the family of the late woman, may her soul rest in perfect peace.

Adekunle Olukunmi Obilade said...

We don't appreciate our own, if it had occurred in a London hospital were many Nigerians died cheaply we will accept it as the act of God. It is now evident that many Nigerians know more than their doctors, please treat yourself when you are sick and don't go to those foolish doctors who don't know anything. My heart is with the family of the late woman, may her soul rest in perfect peace.

Anonymous said...

This is nonsense after the deed has been done,if really this doctors know what they are doing as they claim they will know that they can deliver that baby when it is 7month to be able to save the lives of both mother and child since the mother is having hypertension.the baby will be in the incubatorfor the remaining two months but our Nigeria doctors don't value life.

Osezoya said...

From d statement above,i still blame d hospital.i had same issue when i was pregnant though in d us.immediately d doctor noticed my high blood pressure i was placed on monitoring so as to prevent placenta abruption .i was given a date for d baby to be induced which was 20 days b4 my edd.so i was induced d baby was fine and i was placed on close monitoring for 48 days b4 placing me on anti hypertensive 4 a while.
I will like 2 tell anyone with high blood pressure in pregnancy 2 go to Luth or GH ikeja they manage it better over their than most private hospitals.
Rip chisom may God keep ur kids and console ur family.

Anonymous said...

@adekunle may God 4give u 4 saying nonsense.so u expect people not to talk when doctors make people loss their lives out of negligence.Dis is a situation that would ve been managed and d lady's life saved.u had better watch ur mouth else u experienced nigeria's dodtordodtor's negligent.

Anonymous said...

You are right jor anonymous 21:53. Don't mind the idiot below. The doctor or nurses erred by not coordinating her taking her drugs

Anonymous said...

I think you are very stupid for this statement adekunle. Very insensitive thing to say, anupam, ofe manu. If u have nothing to say shut up

Anonymous said...

Sure the Hospital can tell the whole world your their one month perfected tale...blame the dead ..contradict the husband ..continue taking prisoners ...those who have ears and eyes will know how to avoid your facility...and the Family will soon probably invite you to court to tell the same tales.

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Samuel Orisakwe said...

This statement is rubbish, specialist Hospital to what Hospital? Or Local one

Oladotun Omidiji said...

Everyone seems to be judgemental. No one can understand the clinical scenario better than the doctors on ground. From the little experience I have Obstetric complications can be dire and it only shows that Doctors are still human not spirits. Sometimes it takes prayers and miracle for some complications to resolve but I understand when death occurs people get agitated. Has it ever occurred to you why on consent forms the worst complications are stated clearly? This is because you might never know the day as a Doc you face the untreatable one.

Ushie Blessing said...

Rip dear

Anonymous said...

that hospital must be closed down. quack doctors and nurses without professional qualifications. risking precious lives. some of these docs spent 15th in the university and after manage to graduate with a pass open hospitals and kill innocent pple. some of them are cultists and into witcraft. like hope hospital in mkd. My pple I urge u to patronise govt hospitals especially for pregnancy issues. they have many consultants in different fields. believe me chisom would still be alive if she had gone to fmc or even gneral hospitals. forget pride and class thing that's the best place for delivery. may God give us wisdom.
RIP my dear

Anonymous said...

This so called cover letter has indicted this hospital.
1.You claimed nurses and doctors were monitoring her. How come she didn't take her drugs that evening.
2. You decided not to carry out a CS which I know is the best offer in case of placenta abruption because you couldn't hear the baby's heart beat and concluded it's dead which you are not sure. You don't know what situation the baby is at that time until he/she is delivered.
3.You have all the specialist teams available but you still refer her to another hospital? This one na lie
3. Please this is cut and join story. Nigerian doctors are quack. they don't upgrade their knowledge. Please sue this hospital and everyone involved.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

May her soul rest in peace.

Shampepe said...

How will you keep a pregnant woman who has pre-eclampsia in the hospital for days??? This is Gross incompetence at its peak, that hospital should be sued

olaolu said...

Most people commenting on this issue are ignorant.

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juojoodaily said...

so sad.RIP CHISOM

Yeka_Tops said...

My question: Should sick patients administer drugs by themselves in the hospital? Bla bla bla...where were the nurses?? There should have been nurses assigned to make sure she took her drugs correctly and timely. I do not buy the statement by the hospital. The hospital should take responsibility j
oor...it is well with family of the deceased in Jesus Name.

Sweet faced said...

The hospital people are liars... who ensures a patient is supposed to take his/her medication? This same hospital my friends baby was born, after 24 hrs they were not even aware the child had neonatal sepsis, cos they would not check. until her mum was bathing the baby the next morning and noticed the baby was looking paler than normal,she called the doctor after examining the child they decided to transfer the baby to Eko hospital ikeja, trust me it took forever to get an ambulance to come take mother and child, The child was eventually taken to Eko hospital, unfortunately we lost her. Now tell me if these Magodo Specialist people has taken time to properly examine that child (24hrs is a long time) that baby would have been turning 3 this year...i personally advised a friend pls take your baby away from here oo after he had been admitted for 3 days witout any improvement cos i no wan hear story. Too many death happen there, and its one small tachere hospital like this oo mschew. nonsense.

Çhidi said...

Now it is obvious to us that this is murder.

nne Abuja said...

Is so sad I remember when I was pregnant I went to the hospital we were using at the time, I didn't I was pregnant I was thinking is malaria.I did a test. The doctor said I was pregnant and ask me to do a scan which I did. After the scan the doctor said the have to operate me that my baby is growing outside my womb.I told my husband let's try another hospital so we went to Abuja clinic with same scan result. And the doctor we met at Abuja clinic saw the result and said everything is OK we should come back in two weeks. To cut the long story short I gave bath to a baby boy he will be 4 this July. So imagine going to the operation? Most of this so called doctors don't even no how to read if you ask me. Is so sad

Kiama Ibe said...

Stupid People

Beast of no nation said...

I really don't believe in nigerian hospitals ..even our president dey fly go hand go treat himsef

Chidinma Mirian said...

Don't mind them dear , you are right ! So long as she was admitted the hospital nurses should have ensured that her drugs was administered at the proper time.

Anonymous said...

My name is Mrs Chinwe Onochie. A mother to 3 children. Like most Nigerians I was devastated to hear about the death of Chisom a young Igbo lady like me that was due to have a baby in April 2017.

But I took a little more interest in the story because I had my baby at Magodo Specialist Hospital, just 2 weeks earlier. On the 8th of April to be precise.

This will not be my first encounter with the hospital because I delivered my second baby in the same hospital 6 years ago.

I went back for my 3rd child because of how impressed I was with the service I got in 2011, it was a far cry from my experience while delivering my first child in another hospital, which was a very traumatizing experience.

I believe the level of care and expertise displayed by the doctors and nurses at Magodo Specialist Hospital is a big reason why many people like myself return over and over again.

While I strongly sympathize with the family of late Chisom over this rather unfortunate event, I wish to state that this is an isolated case.

The truth has to be told that an overwhelming majority have good stories to tell about the care and medical knowledge displayed by the medical team at Magodo Specialist Hospital.

Anonymous said...

People should be careful to draw conclusion. I was saved by this same hospital. I had a prostrate operstion elsewhere and was discharged when my diabetic condition became serious as a result of neglect. I was admitted in this Magodo Specialist Hospital and when it got worsened, I was transferred to LUTH where I stayed for 10 days and got rescued. At the time of transfer, it was the professionslism of the doctors and nurses that led to that decision. I did not know my condition was that vad; but they saw it and took immediate action. I have for ever remained grateful to the hospital for that correct and quick decision. Prof. U M O Ivowi.

Anonymous said...

Liar!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liar!!!!!!!! Liar!!!!!!!! Stop lying oooo.

Anonymous said...

I also used this hospital in same April, If called upon I can testify against the Hospital for their non nonchalant attitudes to every of my demands, but thank God I left the place alive.

Though they tried during my stay there but the hospitality was not good enough, at least the service was not free, I expected more from the doctors and especially from the CEO but I was disappointed at the end.

May God comfort the family of the dead.

Anonymous said...

Naija hospitals r so wack! I'v witnessed my friend in labour in a private hospital..no single doctor was there.jst confused nurses going up n dwn.

Anonymous said...

So sad..she have her two babies from the same hospital successful
third child came with complication...Who to blame Doctor's or Nurses...but God knows...so painful early grave at this time...Eternal Rest Grant her O! Lord.

Anonymous said...

i was alive because of magodo specialist hospital, during my twin pregnancy i never new that my BP was high and i'm also aneamia patient as well, the fear of the twin care led to my BP problem, but the CEO of the hospital assisted me, stood his ground and rescue me my BP by making sure that all d delivery bills go's to his personal account, he make sure i delivered safely n twin are ok as well. so please magodo specialist hospital knows what it means to safe alife

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