Shortly before I came across this short piece of sad news, I saw a tweet on Twitter that said something about Nigerian doctors being second only to Indian doctors on UK backlist. I ignored the tweet as another work of them bad belle peeps. But judging by news like this…
Reports has it that a Nigerian doctor, Dr. Babatunde Coker and another doctor Dr Yahya Al-Abed (I couldn’t ascertain his nationality as at the time of this post), have been charged to court for malpractice after removing a woman’s ovaries instead of her appendix. This resulted in her suffering a miscarriage and subsequent death. The two doctors are doctors at the Queen’s hospital in Ramford, Essex
32-year old mother of three, Maria de Jesus had gone to the hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain, and Junior Surgeon Al-Abed had suggested an appendectomy, which the Consultant General and surgical lead, Coker, his supervisor, had agreed to.
Coker was supposed to remain in the gallery to supervise the surgery and said he would “be around” but instead ate lunch and proceeded to go home, after waiting too long for De Jesus to give consent. Al-Abed removed what he thought was the appendix but it was later found out to be an ovary.
According to theguardian.com,
“Dr Al Abed had been working at the hospital just under three weeks and failed to inform more senior colleagues he only had limited experience of carrying out such operations on pregnant women.
He has also admitted failing to ensure he was supervised during the procedure or calling for the duty consultant when the operation started to go wrong.”
De Jesus, 21 weeks pregnant with her fourth child, returned to the hospital with severe abdominal pain 19 days later. After delivering her stillborn son, De Jesus was taken into an emergency appendectomy and died on the table from multiple organ failure due to sepsis.
Al-Abed admits to his mistake but denies malpractice. Coker is also facing the malpractice tribunal and admits to his failure to supervise the surgery but denies the other charges.
As much as I hate blame games, if you ask me, I’d say the fault lies mainly on Dr. Al-Abed, though if Dr. Coker had been less negligent, the situation could have been salvaged.
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