— Says Autopsy Reveals Uzonwanne Chidinma Mercy Died Due To Medical Negligence During Surgery
The Nigerian Bar Association [NBA] Gwagwalada branch has petition one Dr. Jide Kudehinbu, to the Mental and Dental Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria [MDPCN], on account of professional misconduct and negligence carried out in surgery, leading to the death of one Uzonwanne Chidinma Mercy.
The petition which was sighted by ASKLEGALPALACE, is dated the 3rd day of March and titled, “Complaint of Professional Misconduct Against Dr. Jide Kudehinbu.” The said petition was further signed by the Chairperson and Secretary of the branch, Isah Aliyu, and Akachukwu Nwoye respectively.
The petition reveals that the late Uzonwanne had approached the Nigerian Air Force Base Hospital [NAF Hospital] at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Road, sometime in 2020, after she developed an illness. Diagnosis conducted on her revealed that she had developed fibroid and accordingly, a surgical procedure was expected to be conducted. However, in conflict with a necessary medical procedure, one of the medical practitioners at the Hospital, Dr. Jide Kudehinbu advised her to forgo the surgery at the NAF Hospital, and rather carry out same procedure at his private hospital, Medmore Hospital Clinic, Lugbe, Abuja.
In accordance with his directive, the deceased had undergone the surgical procedure at his clinic on the 13th day of December 2020 and was accordingly discharged, only for her health condition to further deteriorate, whereafter she was readmitted to Medmore Hospital Clinic Lugbe [the clinic owned by Dr. Jide Kudehinbu] three days after the surgery. Despite her readmission, her condition became very critical leading to her decision to re-approach the NAF Hospital, where she underwent corrective surgery.
Nonetheless, her situation was quite critical despite the corrective surgery performed on her by the Hospital, whereafter she collapsed into a coma.
She, however, gave up the ghost at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital on the 22nd of January, 2021 after being recommended by the NAF Hospital, without coming out of a coma.
An autopsy carried out by the Teaching Hospital, revealed amongst other things that the deceased had suffered; severe cerebral edema, overwhelming sepsis, colonic perforation, renal information, amongst other things, all of which could be traced to the original surgery conducted by Dr. Jide Kudehinbu.
The NBA branch is therefore seeking the MDPCN to cause an investigation into the circumstance of her death, and accordingly punish any erring member of the medical professional in accordance with its rules of operations.
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