SAN FRANCISCO, July 28, (THEWILL) – The Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof. Chris Bode, has disclosed that the hospital’s management will investigate the controversy surrounding the medical treatment of one of its patient, Mayowa Ahmed.
28-yr-old Mayowa, a graduate of University of Lagos and an HB SS patient was diagnosed with bilateral Ovarian Mass Carcinoma, as stated in a diagnosis result sheet from the Reddington Hospital.
Mayowa’s family, supported by Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu, had launched an online appeal to raise funds for her cancer surgery in an Atlanta- based hospital in the United States and have raised over N30m for her.
However, drama ensued when an unverified message went viral stating that medical reports had stated that she did not require surgery for her condition and that no hospital could save her.
“#SaveMayowa is a scam because doctors had classified her case as terminal and did not release her medical records to any institution abroad.”
Also, who tried to donate to the Nigerian bank account were unable to as a block had been placed on credits into the account.
However, Ahmed’s family in a statement on Thursday denied online media reports, which claimed that they had deceived the public.
The family in a statement on Thursday stated that Ahmed had been misdiagnosed by many hospitals in the country and it had sought funds for an alternative and better diagnosis abroad.
“As a family, we want to make these affirmative statements: Mayowa is presently at LUTH receiving treatment for her seven-hour trip to Abu Dhabi. We also engaged the services of Flying Doctors to accompany her on the trip based on recommendation by doctors in LUTH,” her family stated.
“She is receiving treatment to allow her to be able to travel as advised by doctors. She’s been transfused to help improve her PCV.
“The funds raised are solely for Mayowa’s treatment and for no other reason. We await her visa to commence the journey as we are in touch with the doctors abroad and they are awaiting her arrival. We appreciate the contributions made by Nigerians on this journey.
“We have been misled by the so-called top hospitals in Nigeria and have only helped to make the issue worse. We require every support to help to give our dear Mayowa another attempt to regain her life and live the remaining as God as ordained.”
Story by David Oputah