A private hospital in Kaduna State has been accused of damaging the uterus and bladder of the wife of a senior foreman in the Court of Appeal, Kaduna, during a caesarian section.
The hospital – Giwa Hospital – which carried out the C-section on April 6 of this year, has however, denied the allegation.
The senior foreman, Auwal Sani, in a duly signed letter of complaint dated July 18, 2016 titled “Re-productive right” and published by Daily Trust on Monday, accused the management of the hospital of offering him bribe to the tune of N200,000 and later N1 million when they realized they had damaged the organs of his wife, Nadiya.
He said, “I took my wife, Nadiya to Giwa hospital where I am registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on 5th April, 2016 when she started experiencing labour for our 7th child. She was unable to deliver on that same day and the doctor duly informed me that she cannot have a normal deliver and that a caesarian operation had to be conducted on her.
“I heeded the doctor’s advice and signed the consent foam. Unfortunately, in the process of the operation, the doctor, one Dr. Mohammed C. injured my wife’s uterus, and without repairing the damage, he sewed he stomach up and she was discharged on 11th April, 2016”.
However, seven days after she was discharged from the hospital, Mr. Sani said his wife began to bleed and he quickly rushed her back to the hospital where she went into a coma three times before an emergency operation was conducted on her.
“While she was in the theater, a nurse brought something tied in a leather bag and I was asked to go and bury it. I later learnt that the doctor removed my wife’s womb without her consent or mine and in the process injured her bladder. I am not literate, nor can I speak English, so after the operation, they gave me a form which I signed.
“The damage to her bladder resulted in VVF as she now passes urine uncontrollably. The management of the hospital offered to treat her at the hospital, but my wife had lost confidence in the hospital so they referred her to the Gambo Sawaba VVF center in Kofar Gaya, Zaria for treatment”.
The complainant said his wife has been in the Zaria hospital since the incident and he is claiming damages of N5million from the hospital, saying “if they had not damaged her womb during the operation, all this could have been averted”.
Sani’s lawyer, Saleh Abdulaziz, confirmed that the case has been filed before a Kaduna state high court and hearing will commence soon.
However, when contacted for response, Giwa hospital through its legal counsel, Joseph Achimugu, said, “This matter is the subject to litigation in court by Nadiya and Sani before the High court of justice of Kaduna state. Since you have a letter from them, please forward the letter and we will give you our response to the said letter as soon as possible. The alleged damage to the uterus and bladder is denied by Giwa hospital”.