The management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja has once again denied any involvement in the case of a 12-year-old boy’s missing intestines.
In an official statement released on Saturday, the hospital management refuted the allegations made by the boy’s mother, Deborah Abiodun.Abiodun had claimed that her son’s small intestines went missing while he was receiving treatment at LASUTH.
She had sent an SoS message to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, urging him to investigate the mysterious disappearance.
According to Abiodun, her son was referred to LASUTH from a private hospital called Obitoks Medical Centre in June. He had undergone surgery at Obitoks to correct intestinal obstruction but experienced complications.
On July 14, LASUTH performed a corrective surgery, after which the surgeons informed Abiodun that her son’s small intestines were missing.
However, LASUTH’s management reiterated that they did not intentionally remove any organ or structure from Abiodun’s son during the surgery. They maintained their innocence in the matter.
The case of the missing intestines has caused confusion and distress for Abiodun and her family. They are seeking answers and justice for their son’s condition.
The hospital management’s denial adds another layer of complexity to the situation.It remains to be seen how the investigation into this matter will proceed and whether any resolution or explanation will be provided.
The statement reads; “Once again, the hospital management needs to clarify issues on the insinuations being made by a mother in a viral video that the alleged loss of her son’s intestines after surgery is a matter between a private hospital and LASUTH. Our hospital is an excellent tertiary institution with highly knowledgeable and skilled medical consultants.
“We are also equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The patient in question was referred to our hospital after having two surgeries carried out in a private hospital.”
The management also noted that besides the surgery being carried out by an experienced paediatric surgeon and supported by her team of professionals, video clips of the surgery were available for further clarification and avoidance of doubts.
The statement further reads, “He required extensive optimisation in our facility before a corrective surgery could be carried out. At the surgery, which was carried out by an experienced pediatric surgeon and her team certain strange findings were discovered. There is a video clip of these intraoperative findings. The mother was informed about these findings but she appeared to be in denial.
“The hospital is in possession of a comprehensive report of the findings by a high-powered panel that it quickly set up to look into all ramifications of this case.
“Clearly, our hospital carried out a corrective surgery and did not wilfully remove any organ or structure. We empathise with the family of the patient. We believe that financial assistance from any quarters will be in order but we do not think that a blackmail of the state government via social media is the best approach.
“The hospital management is cooperating with the state agency which is already investigating this rather unfortunate case.”
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