The husband of the late Peju Ugboma, Mr. Felix Ugboma, has blamed the medics at the Premier Specialist Medical Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, for neglecting medical advice provided to them before the death of this wife.
The wife, Peju Ugboma, who had undergone an elective hysterectomy surgery on Friday , April 23, at the hospital, passed on after complications arose from the surgery.
Mrs Peju Ugboma, who was the founder and CEO of i Luv Dessert, reportedly died on April 25.
Mr Ugboma said this, on Tuesday, at the ongoing public enquiry, organised by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to determine circumstances surrounding the death of the deceased, and probable infringements on the patient’s rights by the service provider.
Mr Ugboma lamented that if they had known, they would not have opted in for the surgery as there were other available alternatives.
He explained that the medics would have heeded to the medical advice given by his foreign friend, who is a gynaecologist, to save the life of his wife.
According to him, he had put a call to a foreign friend who is a gynaecologist to seek medical advice immediately the situation got worsened.
He stated that the medics at the hospital agreed to what his friend said on phone but failed to follow the advice rather recommended she should be transferred to another facility.
“They obliged, and he spoke with them. He advised that the deceased be opened up since such conditions must have been caused by internal bleeding. Interestingly, they all agreed with him. But they never did. Instead, they recommended she should be taken to another facility.
“You know what still surprises me in all of this is that my wife did not have any pre-existing condition before the surgery. Before the operations, different tests were conducted on her, including that of COVID, and she was given a clean bill of health.
“Nobody told me or gave me an inkling it could result in fatality. The management of Premier Medical Services never briefed me on that. If I had been told, we wouldn’t have gone ahead, because it was an elective hysterectomy. We had other options.,” he lamented
Ugboma also expressed dissatisfaction over the negligence of the personnel at the hospital saying the hospital had refused to provide medical records of his late wife since two months of several requests from the family until last week.
He condemned the medical reports brought by the hospital adding that the report did not have a name and was not properly prepared.
“We’ve written to them, they simply ignored. And last week, when they brought what they described as the medical record, it was ill-prepared. It wasn’t even signed by anybody, and there was no name on it.
“But other hospitals that we made a similar request to, including Evercare Hospital, in Lekki, where she was reluctantly taken to, when it dawned on them they could no longer handle the situation, had sent her medical record with them, and even refunded a substantial sum from the N1 million I deposited with them when we brought her there on Sunday before she passed on,” he said