Chinedu explained that the hospital had charged him the sum of N200,000 which he negotiated to N150,000 after his wife could not be delivered of their baby at their former clinic.
He noted that before the hospital commenced the surgical procedure on his wife, Chinansa, he had paid a part of the bill but his efforts to pay the remaining N50,000 has been frustrated by the hospital management.
Speaking to Punch, 42-year-old Chinedu said: “They charged N200, 000 for the operation and we negotiated for N150,000. I paid a deposit of N30,000 and they started the operation.
“They asked me to sign some papers, which I did. Some hours later, a surgeon said there had been complications and I would need to sign another document. He didn’t tell me what I was signing for or the implications. Because I was in a haste to get my wife saved, I signed the document.
“After some time, they brought out my wife from the theatre with a pipe attached to her bladder. We became worried when we discovered that few days afterwards, they didn’t remove the pipe.
“After a week, they said I should come and clear my bill of N50,000 so they could discharge her. I called a senior pastor, who presented them with a cheque. But they said they would keep her for the two weeks that the cheque would be ready to be cashed.”
According to news source, a sister-in-law of the patient also confirmed that the pipe is yet to be removed from the victim’s body.
Chinedu said: “They said she cannot control her urine without the pipe. That was when I realised what had happened.”
Chinedu however lamented over his wife’s current state of health as he could not afford the pilling medical bill and taking her home was no option.
Chris Ogbedeneto, the Rockson family lawyer however petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni calling for a full investigation to be launched into the case.
The lawyer in the petition stated: “Why should there be a second signing? They scared the husband with the sight of his wife in a pool of blood and did not let him know what he was signing for. What is the relationship between the womb and the bladder and why does the hospital’s director now want to discharge the woman when it is obvious that her life is in danger?
The doctor’s action can breach the peace of the community if urgent actions are not taken. Our client feels debased and suffers a mental and psychological trauma on realising that the wife’s womb has been cut off and the bladder affected without his consent and his wife cannot control her urine anymore.”