Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pregnant Woman Left To Die Over Lack of Money

Late Ijeoma Umumadumere, nee Ahamefule
Do you think it is right for any doctor to leave a pregnant woman to die due to financial reasons? We know it is a private hospital, but should anyone be left to die? Aren't doctors meant to save lives? Read the story below.

A pregnant Nigerian lady has died because doctors in Port Harcourt insisted hre husband must pay N20,000, less than $150, before she was treated. Her family members are still in shock about her death, such that they are not even thinking of burying her for now.

The 34 year old woman, Ijeoma Umumadumere, nee Ahamefule, was rushed in the morning of 25th November to Garrison Clinic in Port Harcourt, when she complained of a sudden stomach pain and headache, while cooking. Her husband rushed her to the clinic on Udom street in the oil rich city. It was between 9-10 a.m. And she was five-months pregnant.


But doctors and nurses would not attend to the pregnant woman because the husband only had N5,000 on him, instead of the N20,000 being demanded, as a precondition for treatment. Even the N5,000 the man had on him had been used to offset registration and other costs.

Her brother, based in Austria could not understand why a doctor in a Nigerian hospital could have been so callous to have treated a woman pregnant with her first child in that manner. Here is what her brother said:

“Her husband begged the doctor and the nurses to attend to her since they had collected about N5, 000 he had in his pocket in the name of registration and other little things while he would go home and bring money. He had also told them that because of the nature of the emergency and the way his wife had been shouting while on the ground that his mind had only been pre-occupied with the thoughts of rushing her to any nearby hospital and had not thought of money or any other thing as he had even forgotten to put on shoes, but all his pleading and explanations to the doctor and the nurses had fallen onto deaf ears. With her pains increasing and death knocking and the doctor and the nurses refusing to understand, there was no way he could have left her there unattended, to go home and bring money. He took her and headed to another hospital, but unfortunately my sister did not make it as the damage had already been done before the doctors in that second hospital could do something reasonable to save her life.”

“What a country, what a failure and what a loss! This is a sad story of the sorry state of the Nigerian health policy, how Nigerians are heartlessly and carelessly neglected because of money by doctors and nurses to die in hospitals, and how I lost my sister to a failed system,”wrote Uzoma Ahamefule, based in Austria.

Many hospitals in Nigeria, both private and public, are in the habit of asking for pre-payment from patients, even when the case is an emergency.

Source: Pm News

49 comments:

  1. Dat hospital needs to be shut down! How callous can pple get! RIP Ma. May God console her family

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  2. may God punish them wicked people that caled themselves doctors that is how they always behave rest in peace woman.

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    1. That is how they behave o,this s 1 in like 100 cases honestly. God help us in this country o,there are cases where pple will b rushed in n no one will attend to them till they die,makin families watch their loved ones die right there in their presence when they could af being saved. Heartless doctors heartless country

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  3. Short of words..may her soul RIP.. Nigeria can never move forward, they are heartless o. Haba they should have treated her first.. Nigerian hospitals are found of always wanting to collect money before treatment even in emergency cases..Not as if her husband dint have money, he jst didn't hv enuf wit him at that moment...na wa

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  4. It is not only in Nigeria this happens,it does everywhere even in Austria.The only fault those medical baboons committed was nt to decipher btw an emergency and a cold case.ppl in p/h r known for dt.dy dnt care abt life,it's money first.whr is ur hippocratic oath?.

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    1. trust this will neva happen in uk even in america..if yu say it happens everi where then u dont knw dime....this happens to my friend pregnant sister recently ...and she was was left to bleed to death just because of a few naira ....and also happened to my friend in nigeria 2days ago..she was in labour and in so much pain but no hospital admitted her except an amount was deposited...thank God we where able to gather the money and gave to them ..thatwas when the doctor was called to come and guess what,,he came 6hours later.

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  5. Its soooo wrong. Y r 9ja docs so bloody moni conscious??? Y don't dey treat d person 1st n den kip d person in d hospital until dey or dia family members pay up. Instead dey prefer 2 kip killin pple cos as far as am concerned dats wat dey do. May her soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN. Oma Baby.

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    1. i wonder oo..good talk

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  6. Stupid country,callous leaders, and above all, moronic and foolish doctors and nurses abound......very sad one!!!RIP young lady!!!!

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  7. Una don come with another news oo. Oga Ladun wetin be the name of this private hospital when no fit help patient?

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  8. If private hospitals kip treatin without funds don't u think they will fold up tooo.... Its nt d fault of the doctors. U shld be talkin of the government setting up an insurance policy....

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    1. Don't talk like that, as a health care provider the first thing on your mind should be keeping ur patient alive,if one survives you think one wld b an ingrate n not pay? No! Its unfair to just leave pple to die,we kno our govt s useless so we af to b our brothers keeper now

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    2. So u mean it is beta for dat person to die. Insurance or not, life is priceless ok. Shut dat ur mouth, if to sey na ur wife nkor na insurance u go dey think? Naija has failed his people period.

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    3. Abegi thats how Ajayi Memoral Hospital (once popular hospital in Lagos) went bankrupt. If you treat patients without money they run away. The problem lies with the government even in the US here you can not go to a private hospital/doctor without having some sort of insurance. There is the ER for emergency cases. Abeg blame the useless government! Some patients do not pay medical bills how do you want them to survive?

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  9. Yes oh it happens everywhere. I remember being in an emergency situation too in February 2011 and I was rushed to a 'big' private hospital in VI. I was taken into ER and after the DR had examined me and figured I was in a life or death situation and said I shud be immediately admitted. My mum and I thot ok that's fine. That's how som'n frm accounts came and said I have to deposit N350k b4 they admit me or even begin treatment. My mumsi was like since its an emergency we didn't expect to be here and it was a sunday she didn't have any cash at home...she begged them to admit me so the next day monday we can pay the money. Lai lai oh! Dem no gree! Even tho they could tell my mum looked like a very rich woman, they still didn't budge!

    I was in ER for like 5 hours b4 my mumsi was able to gather the deposit to pay...only then did they admit me. I tell u ehn, I had already started saying my last prayers cos I believed I was going to die in that ER in the full glare of doctors

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    1. u know what next time such happens, i pray it doesnt as mumsi is trying to rush u to d hospital, tell her not to forget her ATM card, dear nothing goes for free anywhere in d world, even in the US, madam that s taking free milk and free medical on a visitor visa, ur bill is coming, and when it comes and u did not pay trust me u'll never smell that country again if u dare step out.

      Americans dont joke wt medical bills come and ask me and without insurance u r so finished, people who go for milk are d very low income earners who cannot even afford to feed 3x daily and u think they r not watching ur movement, keep taking osho freee, am sorry for u

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  10. Ladun, I am a doctor myself practising abroad but I trained in Nigeria. There is no winner here. Both sides have strong, valid arguments. When I was in Nigeria, we had patients that would present just like this and not pay at the end of the day. We would kick them out of a bed and they will sit around the corridors for weeks or even abscond. In a government teaching hospital, you can say "Well, serves the government right". But a private practitioner cannot afford such waste or his hospital will go under. It's so easy for relatives abroad to complain now that she is dead but they comfortably ignore their relatives when these patients have been treated and are ready for discharge.
    On the other hand, if I were a doctor in that hospital, it will be impossible for me to ignore a woman with Pre-eclampsia which is what she probably had knowing that it could be fatal.
    I blame the Nigerian government for all this nonsense. We need some type of health insurance in that country or things like this will keep happening.

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    1. Ur mad wwhich country are u callg dat country,so if she was ur sister u will allow her die.can't u sacrifice.I know a doctor dat works and in d evenings hE goes to his private clinic n treats pple for free,I tell u dat guy has d biggest private owned hospital in my state.u think life is all abt money.I ve heard abt a dr dat told d mgt to deduce d patients bill frm his salary cos dey cudnt afford d deposit,y wnt God bless such a dr.u think those patients love to stay in an hospital envt?ur there talkg abt dem stayg in d coridor,ur mean abeg just shift pple like u wnt go far in ur profession o if ur not humane.

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    2. Shut up he jes sed he can't ignore a pregnant woman wit pre-eclampsia which he fEels was wrong wif her,knowing it could be very fatal @ dat point in tyme..

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    3. Shut up he jes sed he can't ignore a pregnant woman wit pre-eclampsia which he fEels was wrong wif her,knowing it could be very fatal @ dat point in tyme..

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    4. nigerians have no regard for life. They are all about money, money money. Hospitals even churches. All this rich churches how many of them do charity works. It's a pity. People abroad please stay there o. Don't mind your relatives or friends when they say come home (and do what). Rent or build a house in lekki, have house made, driver constant generator etc God forbid something happens to you one day in the streets of Lagos, just say your last prayers, because there is no hope.

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    5. This story is so sad and it reminds me of why i chose to study medicine -to prevent stories like this. The truth is that the system in nigeria is so frustrating and draws you in making you forget the hippocratic oath.I understand what you mean Anon 20:24. It's so easy to criticize the doctors and nurses if you are not in their shoes. I worked in a private hospital as a doc in Lagos where i was paid next to nothing. The owners of the hospital would drum it into our heads that we are not a charity organization. When i worked in LUTH, it was easier to help out because it is a govt hospital but in private hospitals they've experienced lots of patients absconding after they got better. These private hospitals don't even make so much money as they pay consultants, pay for generator/ fuel, pay their staff. Nigerians keep blaming the wrong people. If we demand more from the government who keep looting our money without providing basic health care these stories would not be heard anymore...sad

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    6. Thanks doc, well said. Both sides are to blame, the doctor should definately show empathy and recognise life-threatening situations, even if for nothing but for the sake of your conscience and sometimes even if they didn't pay, "u saved a life".may God rest her soul. On another hand if u think u can learn all about life from blogspots,news channels and all, try sitting in a consulting chair for a day and learn the truth about human beings.

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  11. Heartbreaking and so wrong. Rest in peace. Amen

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  12. Aluu community doctors,D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ r not tired of taking innocent pple's life.#God is watching#

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  13. A painful story indeed. Nigeria health system is nothing to write home about and it's so unfortunate how this lady with her innocent unborn child exit unprepared because of our country uncordinated systems in every ramifaications. It's quite a pity. May her soul rest in peace and may God give the husband and the entire relations the fortitude to bear this great loss. Ijeoma biko jee nke oma. Udo Chineke diri gi!

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  14. It's just so unfortunate. Nigerian govt has really failed its citizens. Den people will start blaming us for running abroad for medical treatment. It's not only in private hospitals alone, it happens in general hospitals too.same thing happened to a pregnant woman in a general hospital in my presence! She died on d gurney while waiting for d husby dat went to buy drips and injections! I forgot about my ailment sharply and waka
    go my house quickly!

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  15. is jst so sad,i live in the states and am 4months pregnant wit my second child is like a miracle dat i ve bn going for pre-natal care here in d U.S for free,wit the best equipment at my services and the best healthecare team always there any time any day to assist a very big difference wit the kind of treatment i got when i had my first child in nigeria. am gonna ve my baby without paying a kobo and they still give me free foods and drugs and am nt white nt even a citizen yet, so why is our country (nigeria) different in this aspect they shuld learn from the modern world safety first then d money later.may her gentle soul rest in peace.....sad face

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    1. Ode....for free sha. Some others taxes u r enjoying since u ain't citizen. Hissssss!!

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    2. Dats not enuf to call her ode! Pls!

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    3. U are d bigger or rada biggest ode...if its paining u dat u aint in yankee hit ur bald head on ur wall...*hiss* hater oshi...she is enjoyn u re dere beefing

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    4. You know,that's why Romney lost big time trying to cut off planned parent hood.America eh is heaven on earth sha I am serious you can be jobless and survive,free food and healthcare even if its from tax payers if they don't give her they will give someone else,I always say if I am pregnant and baby wants to come out,even if I am in the most interior part of Africa,that baby will have to be pushed back in till I get to America.Africa is hell this is really sad I thank God my whole life as a stickler my family always had money ready for my surgeries and all.

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    5. Mumu wats yankee,heard stories abt yankee,now dat am here am scared,shootings every nw n then.home is still d best no matter wat.na yankee persn go chop when pple are making good money back home,can't save. Abeg naija I hail thee.

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    6. I am a US citizen and I paid for all my maternity care, I know people (low income earners) like you that scrounge off from tax payers like us. I hope you have at least a green card.

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  16. 1St of all... that Damn hospital must loose it's license. Then they shud sue the doctor for man slaughter.

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  17. Exactly my thought! I thought health care in Yankee is not free as you need to have medical insurance? So how come you got it for free? You need to go get yourself a job and sort yourself out before going out to be a liability to the USA government and it's citizens abeg. It's people like these that upset us here in the UK they are on benefit and use free healthcare claim all the benefit in the book (some fraudulently) whilst hard working loyal citizens like us pick up the tab by way of income tax!! That said I pray the soul of this woman and her unborn child rest in peace. It's very sad! Don't understand Nigerian doctors what are they trained to do save life or watch people die? I thought the medical oath they take is save life first? Na wa o!

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    1. Thank you jare is people like this that annoy me and she is proudly advertising she is on medicaid and food stamp. Go and work lazy sponger!

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  18. It's so easy to sit down in the comfort of your home and drop a comment in a blog post on Ladun Liadi's blog.
    I've learned not to conclude from afar. Like someone said, both sides have strong, valid arguments.
    I strongly believe the hospital acted from experience. I'm almost sure they've had so many of such cases where they treated patients without prior payment and they still absconded after treatment. I've been a witness to such a couple of times. That's not healthy for any business.

    However, there's nothing for the deceased family to understand. we are talking about life here. So at this moment, it's perfectly valid for them to say the hospital is wicked! I wouldn't blame them.

    My point is, don't sit down there and blame the hospital, they r humans too. And guess what? Most people will do what they did.
    It only takes a doctor with an exceptional human conscience to keep treating patients free even when they abscond. I mean, who likes running out of business!
    A health insurance will help. Hospitals on their own should also find a more effective way to detain patients after treatment because for me, i believe if i were a doctor, i wouldn't let go of such emergencies.

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    1. RNJ thanks. Do u know that if we Nigerians hear of a doctor with a conscience all we would do is exploit him/her. We wld tell our friends just go and insist u don't have money after a while they wld agree to treat u and we wld eventually run down the hospital. While stragely some Nigerians pride themselves in how much they had to pay for healthcare bragging to friends how they paid thousands and their relatives got treated. We r just screwed up in many ways. May God give us direction.

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  19. So sad.May she rest on peace.Dat doctor should pray for forgivess.But life is so unfair.Just a 100pound.Why pple.Beauty waisted.It's well

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  20. Am a doctor and am just speechless.am pregnant with my 1st baby&i can imagine hw that woman must have been looking forward to her child.the poverty in this country is alarming,no jobs nothing.no paramedics ,doctors and people that don't care. Sad sad country.tufiakwa

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  21. Nigeria needs to sort out its Government Hospitals, Nigeria can afford to hve good Hospitals. If the Govt hospitals were well funded with good equipment and expertise no one needs to go to any private Hospital whatsover.I dont know of America but in the uk we all use the govt hospitals, i cant remember ever hearing anyone going to a private Hosp!
    It s so so sad that people die a cheap death in Nigeria, with due respect.Nigeria the giant of africa is still so laid back and what pains me the most is that Nigerians try to copy the not too important nd irrelevant things of the Uk and the US but not the profitable and useful ones.
    Its a shame this lovly lady was wasted in this manner , may her soul rest in peace.

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  22. happy yoruba bunny02 December, 2012 17:53

    Growing up in naija as taught me that when going to d hospital in emergency and the hospital is not the one that you are a regular patient, u may encounter some problems, as u r rushing out of d house wt one slippers and no scarf, remember ur ATM card, @ least if u dont have enough cash, they can swipe out a little for deposit and u can sort the rest out the next day, some people messed this credibility up and some are suffering for it now!

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  23. While am not holding brief for the Dr, pple should pls let us know how much doctors abroad are earning and why our citizens go there to become medical personnels. I guess in anything u do if u are not well taken care of, there is a tendency to misbehave. If the doctors abroad are not well paid I do not think they would provide all d good services that we boast of. Like someone said, it's 50 - 50 thing.

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  24. Oh my!!!!!
    And what trauma her husband and brother could be going through now, not because. They lost their sister but .......
    Because of N20,000.
    So sad.
    Hope the are able to forgive themselves and move on
    And their egos.
    Its only God that will punish those doctors and nurses.
    Pained.*
    Smile#

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  25. Oh my!!!!!
    And what trauma her husband and brother could be going through now, not because. They lost their sister but .......
    Because of N20,000.
    So sad.
    Hope the are able to forgive themselves and move on
    And their egos.
    Its only God that will punish those doctors and nurses.
    Pained.*
    Smile#

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