The controversy following the #SaveMayowa campaign has forced the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to released a statement on the case. The statement was to inform the public on what they did and didnt do.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LUTH, Kenneth Otuneme told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the hospital was not involved in the fundraising campaign and never asked her to go overseas for treatment.
Mayowa Ahmed, 31, is an old patient of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital who has been on treatment for another condition.
Ahmed came into the Private Wing of LUTH on Monday, July 25, with a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass.
The patient accompanied by some of her family members brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.
Three different specialists: a gynaecologist, an oncologist and a haematologist- were invited to review Ahmed’s case.
They all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.
They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests on her to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.
The family, however, requested to fly Ahmed outside the country barely 24 hours after her admission in LUTH, thus stalling all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
We were able to transfuse her with much-needed blood only after lots of persuasion when the family was told point blank that it was risky for her to travel by air, given her low blood count,” Otuneme said.
Otuneme mention that LUTH has only dealt with (Mayowa) Ahmed and her relations throughout her stay and not with any other third party. He added that they had to invite the police to restore peace within its premises following an altercation between Mayowa’s relatives and some unknown persons.