Monday, 25 July 2016

#JusticeForLolie: A couple's heartbreaking search for justice after their 17mth-old daughter died due to medical negligence

In yet another sad and pathetic case of medical negligence, a Nigerian couple has shared the heartbreaking story of how their 17-months-old baby girl died at a hospital in Port Harcourt. Ebi Pax Harry and wife, Toki had Lolia after four years of marriage. She she died in February as a result of what they term 'medical negligence.' On the first day at the hospital, they even had to wait for the staff to finish their devotion and morning rituals before attending to their ailing daughter. Read the story below:
"On the night of 28th of February 2016 at about 9pm, my wife told me our daughter was running temperature and we decided to watch her through the night and sponged her body intermittently till the next morning. It was rather strange because only few hours earlier our daughter Lolia was the heartbeat of the house and initiator of various plays with her cousins who came visiting.
Early the next morning we prepped for work and creche as was our tradition the past 7months. Loli as fondly called by all had her cereal and we made a dash for the hospital.We got there just before 7am through the portharcourt traffic on the 29th of February , 2016.
We had to wait for the staff to do their devotion and morning rituals before we were attended to. At about 8.30am a doctor in the consulting room examined her and said her tonsils were clear and her blood should be taken for test. The blood work came back after about 30mins Loli had MALARIA+.
The Doctor advised she should be admitted since she looked weak for faster recovery. And so our watch began!!!
First 2 days were very worrisome as she threw up every 3hours especially after a meal or medication. On the Third day a man who says he is a Pediatrics specialist saw her in the evening and after few observations concluded Loli had MENINGITIS and ordered a change of drugs and treatment plan. Loli had become mute and slept long hours at this time for the next few days with a stiff neck that couldn't be moved voluntarily.
Under strong protest and demand for referral from my wife and I, the same Dr. was called in from church to review her because no other Dr had seen her. Only nurses came to administer intravenous drugs. We got all assurances from the Dr. and resident Drs. that she was in perfect hands and the treatment for meningitis takes a long time.
Long story short, we were there another 1week. Another Dr. read her case note and ordered a change of drugs. Lolia was placed on the new drugs and became worse very rapidly. Our little girl was no more. She got excess medications her system could barely cope. All of this Sadly happened without investigation by the Drs.
We requested for her case note and medical report from the hospital management for onward dispatch to the American Embassy as part of the Embassy’s requirements to process her death certificate and other necessities. The hospital blew our minds to Jupiter and back.
The report was falsified and yours truly, my wife and I were alleged culprits in her death. They claimed “…against medical advise parents discontinued intra nasal oxygen from child”. They put down a number of tests they never did and claimed they did it all.
On different occasions, I was chased out of the hospital by the Dean of Doctors in that facility because I was demanding for her Case Note for independent review. He repeatedly said to me “Go and do your worst”. 
#JusticeforLoli is a campaign to #SayNotoMedicalNegligence and seeks to get closure for my family as well as several other families who have lost a loved one and can’t do anything about it just because the Drs. are untouchable, incompetent and unaccountable to the people they serve/treat or manage. The mere fact that people die avoidably in the hands of erring Drs. without appropriate investigation and sanctions is why medical practice is a sham in this clime.
Loli was only 17 months young and was our only Child who lit up our lives after 4 long years of no issue when she died in a facility that claims to be specialists in Pediatrics care.
I miss my Cute Little Texan Princess with the brightest Kalabari smile and mould. I solicit your kind support for this cause not out of vengeance but to save the lives of millions out here in our hospitals. Medical Practitioners must be accountable for their services.
My Name is EBI PAX HARRY are you with me on this?"

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