#SaveMayowa: LUTH reacts to controversy surrounding the initiative


The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) – where Mayowa Ahmed has been receiving treatment – has come out to explain its own side of the on-going #SaveMayowa controversy where it was alleged the family of the sick patient was running a ruse after millions of Naira were raised for her surgery by well-meaning Nigerians.

In a statement issued by the hospital authorities, Mayowa Ahmed – who has been ‘an old patient and was being treated for another condition was brought to the hospital by her family members on Monday, July 25 2016 with ‘a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass.’

Upon their arrival, the family members presented medical results conducted from laboratories outside LUTH and the hospital brought in its own team of ‘three different Specialists -a Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist to review the patient. The team then ‘arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.’

The hospital then sought to conduct ‘a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.’

However the hopital stated Mayowa’s family rejected this as all they wanted to do was fly her abroad – a motion which the hospital said they initially stood against due to the patient’s low blood count but after many pleas by the family, decided to provide Mayowa with the ‘much-needed blood’ after warning the family of the riskiness of the patient being flown by air.

The hospital then declared that till date it has not made a definite diagnosis of Mayowa Ahmed and did not refer her overseas.

The health institution also issued another disclaimer saying it only dealt with the family of the patient throughout her stay at the hospital as opposed to the claims of Lifestake foundation and Toyin Aimakhu that their interaction with some of the  hospital officials led to their discovery of an alleged scam being run by the family members.

Read the full statement issued the management of LUTH

“Miss Mayowa Ahmed is an old patient of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital who has been on treatment for another condition.

This 31year-old lady came into the Private Wing of LUTH on Monday, 25th July, 2016 with a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass.

The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done from outside LUTH.

Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.

They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests 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 Miss 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 where the family was told point blank that it was risky for her to travel by air, given her low blood count. Today is the 3rd day after admission and a definitive diagnosis has not yet been made while the relations insist on their own to carry her abroad.

LUTH has only dealt with Miss Ahmed and her relations throughout her stay and not with any other third party. Contrary to any circulating information, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital did not refer Miss Ahmed overseas and this Institution is not involved with any fund-raising activity or activist on her behalf.

There was a disturbance of the peace today around the ward premises. When an altercation involving Miss Ahmed’s relatives and persons not known to the Hospital ensued, the police were invited to restore peace in the Hospital.

Both parties are presently with the police and we urge the general public to patiently await the outcome of the ongoing police investigations.

We also enjoin the good-natured public, our caring press-men and all philanthropists to seek the expert opinions of specialists in Nigeria if we want to maximise the gains of their concerted efforts and selfless contribution towards alleviating the suffering of fellow Nigerians.”



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