Late Pregnant mother was discharged against medical advice, FMC clears airs

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The management of Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta has rebutted claims of neglect and mismanagement levelled against it by relatives of late patient, Josephine Olayemi.

Late Olayemi gave up the ghost on June 16 in a private hospital afterwards. She also lost her twins in the process.

Josephine’s grieving father, Mr Jide Olayemi, has since been blaming the FMC Abeokuta for the death of his daughter and loss of the twins.

Olayemi claimed that health workers did not attend to his daughter until six hours after she reported at the Centre. He also claimed the Centre made the daughter to go through many tests at outrageous prices, wasting their time and resources whereas there were neither beds nor doctors to take her as in patient.

But, FMC in a Press statement signed by its public relations officer, Segun Orisajo, FMC argued that the medical team that attended to Josephine at the hospital did not neglect her nor mismanage condition.

Orisajo described the family’s allegation as “concocted lies, falsehood and mischievous allegations”

FMC claimed that Josephine’s mother requested that her daughter be discharged against medical advice. A copy of the DAMA signed by the mother was obtained by PLATFORM TIMES.

The hospital stressed that the medical team in the hospital gave Josephine its best medical care.

“As against blatant lies by her father, Josephine was at no point in time neglected nor left unattended to right from the time she was brought in unto our Centre till the time she subsequently discharged herself from our Centre.

She was given the best of medical care and services available at our disposal.”

FMC narrated the patient’s stay in the hospital thus:

“The patient was referred from state hospital Ota on account of Thyroid disease in pregnancy at estimated gestational age of 25weeks complicated with severe lower abdominal pain.

“The team on call saw her on the 13th of June, 2020 at 10:10pm.

“The diagnosis of Graves’s disease in pregnancy (multiple gestations) was confirmed.

“She was resuscitated and the following investigations were requested, FBC, urgent PCV, malaria parasite, Urinalysis, urine M/C/S, VDRL, HbsAg, RVS, HVS M/C/S/,E/U/CR, TFT,LFT, Obst. USS.

“By the mid-night (14-06-2020) the medical team on call reviewed her. They agreed with the diagnosis and requested for more investigations, ECG, Echocardiography, thyroid scan and commenced her on Anti-thyroid medications.

“Patient’s symptoms abated except for occasional abdominal pain (mild) and this was managed with analgesics.

“She was reviewed on the 15th of June, 2020 with the result of Obstetric ultra sound. The demise of one twin was discussed with her and the need to manage the second twin conservatively was discussed with her due to her toxic clinical state and possible complications with aggressive intervention.

“She agreed to the management plan as explained.

“Thereafter, the Prognosis was made known and essentially, the need to complete her outstanding investigations.

“By the 16th of June, 2020; patient discharged herself against medical advice in spite of all persuasions.

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