Aisha Mustapha, Baby Born With Open Heart Dies Hours To Surgery

baby-AishaBaby Aisha Mustapha, the infant born about 10 days ago in Gonigori village, Gaidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, with her heart outside her chest wall, has died.
She died early hours Tuesday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where she has been receiving medical care prior to a crucial surgery.
Her death is even more painful considering that the Yobe State Government and wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, had donated N2.5 million and N3m respectively for baby Aisha to undergo surgery at the University of Enugu Teaching Hospital’s Cardio-Thoracic Centre.
The Uncle of the Baby, Arama Mustapha, who broke the sad news of the death of his niece, said that he is heartbroken.
“I have just received a call from the mother of the child a few minutes ago that the baby is dead. She called me around 3.06am and broke the news to me. I am really heartbroken over the turn of event but my prayers is for Allah to grant her eternal rest”, Arama said.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Council (CMAC) UMTH, Dr. Mohammed Bashir, also confirmed the development.
“It is very sad that the baby passed away early hours of Tuesday. It’s very sad that she could not make it”, Dr. Bashir said.
Dr. Pius Simon, the Consultant Neonatologist, who was managing the baby ahead of her operation today, also confirmed the development, describing it as “a sad development”.
According to Dr. Simon, Baby Aisha died of infection because the heart had overstayed outside the chest wall for too long.


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