How Doctor’s negligence killed my son – Jim Nwobodo

by Azubuike Azikiwe

Following the death of his son, Senator Jim Nwobodo has revealed that Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo jnr died due to the negligence of a doctor.

The senator made the disclosure on Tuesday, 18 November, when Abia State Governor Theodore Orji visited him in Enugu.

According to Nwobodo, his son was cured of cancer at the Anderson Medical Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, United States, where he was advised to stay longer in the but he insisted on returning home because he was homesick.

The former governor of the old Anambra State said his son developed pains in the legs and he was taken to a consultant oncologist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu.

But the doctor, instead of taking him to the teaching hospital, which had facilities for emergency, referred his son to his private clinic, where he was given an injection which led to complications.

He said: “My son was ill for five months before I knew about it and we were planning to go to India before we took him to the U.S. He was given a visa for two years because the cancer was at stage four, but they treated him.”

“When he came back, his leg started to swell and he thought he should see a doctor and I advised him to see the best oncologist. It took us three weeks to see the doctor.”

“On Friday – I was speaking with him three times a day – and he was to see the doctor by 5pm and between 5:30 and 6pm, I called him and he said he was with the doctor, I requested to speak with the doctor but he said he was busy but instead of the doctor taking him to UNTH, he took him to his private clinic, where he had no equipment, no facility at all.”

“I called him again and when I didn’t hear from him I sent him text and I asked the doctor to tell me why he gave my son injection that made him unconscious, he said he was sorry and that he was trying to resuscitate him. I spoke with him by 6:30pm and by 7 pm he was dead.”

“It is painful because this is something that would have been averted and I can’t understand why a dean of Department of Medicine should leave the hospital where he has all the equipment to go to his private clinic and I believe that is how some other people die.”

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