He was in tears and groaning in pain as he spoke on phone ” I am in pain. I am living in hell. When I visited LASUTH on my appointment date two weeks ago the doctors sent me back home and gave me two months appointment to come back. They accused me of going to the press .Now I need help!”.
I go out covering this with my cloth everyday
..….LASUTH DOCTORS HAVE MERCY ON ME
……..LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT COME TO MY AID
……… I AM DYING , NIGERIAN LAWYERS, NGOS AND DOCTORS COME TO MY AID
For Solomon Akinyemi life has become difficult for him as he has been in pain for the past five years after going through prostatectomy ( prostate surgery). According to the 63 year- old- man and father of two ,he is asked to pay another 1.2million naira for the fourth surgery. He cried ”where will I get this money? These doctors made mistake in the first surgery and had corrected it two times without success .Now I am going for the fourth surgery in order to correct it ”.
I am dying
MY FIRST SURGERY
My names are Akinyemi Solomon , I live at 4, Julius Oladele Close, Arigbagbowo Phase 2, ,Mowe -Ibafo, Ogun State. I had prostatectomy surgery in Gbagada General Hospital ,Lagos on 26 April, 2016. After the surgery faeces and urine were coming out from where I was cut , and the doctor asked me to be on admission for good three months while I was paying the medical bills . I was later referred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH ), Ikeja , where colostomy was done for me , they asked me to pay 180k and I struggled to look for money .
I overheard these doctors accusing one another for not doing the correction as early as possible . They pushed me around and were dodging me , shifting responsibility to one another .
”In June 2017 colostomy surgery was performed on me .I stool through my side ,and catheter was put on me. I cannot eat when going out until I come back no matter the time for faeces would be coming out along with urine. When going out I would wear pampers because urine and faeces could come out at the same time. I wore pampers for two years and when it got to a stage I could not afford to buy it again so if am going out I would not eat but anytime I get home I would take little tea, and at two o’clock I would eat little till the following day, that is all .They told me they wanted to correct the surgery”’.
”In February, 2020 this year again and I was taken to the theatre and was operated on but urine was coming out from my anus , it didn’t pass where it should pass. I spent another three weeks in the hospital and was instructed not to come down from the bed. So I was in the bed for three weeks .I was discharged again but before I got there the hospital had closed due to COVID 19. They said they would send a text to me, and promised they would correct the surgery again ”.
WAITING FOR THE FOURTH SURGERY
Akinyemi said “I had an appointment for another surgery on the 26th of October and I was asked bring over one million naira to do it. .When I got to the hospital two weeks ago the doctors were avoiding me like plague. They accused me of going to the press to expose them, and in annoyance without mercy gave me another three months of appointment!”
”There was a time I overheard these doctors blaming one another for not doing the correction as early as possible , they pushed me around and were dodging me , shifting responsibilities on one another .
”The catheter has been in my body since 2015 when it was passed into my body .The doctor who operated on me in Gbagada was said to have traveled out
PAINS, INSOMNIA AND …
Solomon said he hardly sleep, and had not been comfortable for the past five years. His words “I can’t sleep ,I only sleep for one or two hours , the rest hours would be pains , and pains .I would sleep for one or two hours then wake up listening to the radio by force because of the pain. I have vowed not to commit suicide for God will blame me. The sight of my openings are gory for me to see not to talk of others seeing it. My wife is a school teacher ,and her salary is nothing to write home about as she teaches in a private school”.
He displayed the hospital cards .” I have all the hospital cards. I am bringing the cards for they could deny seeing me. When I get there in the morning I would leave by 6:30 pm , it’s not that they are going to give me drug. I have been taught how to treat the wound and I am treating it at home ..”.
” My name is Adenike Akinyemi I am the wife of Solomon .We were first advised not to go to government hospital because of some instances like this which were either not reported or underreported but believing we have experts and experienced doctors we opted for the government hospital aside that we cannot afford the bills of private hospital for the surgery as and for fear of quacks and believing that Government hospital has the equipment and medical experts in the area made us go to Gbagada General Hospital for the prostate surgery. Imagine the fatal error , after the operation he spent three weeks in the hospital where the doctor tried to correct the surgery, and we still paid!. This man does not sleep at night, he cannot do any work not to talk of the excruciating pains he goes through everyday since 2015. I am begging the Lagos State government and the LASUTH management to come to our aid .We have no money again .We have exhausted our savings. We have sold our landed property in Lagos cheaply n order to use it for his surgery But see what happened now. .Our children are not working .
DAUGHTER CRIES OUT TOO
Miss Olayinka Solomon who is the daughter of the man said ” it is disheartening to see my father crying everyday like a baby at night . He cannot eat or drink water like any other human being. It is almost five years he has been on this, his prostate is not cancerous according to the doctor’s report but see what they have done to my father, from surgery to complication .I am pleading to the LASUTH to call experts in surgery ,good surgeons and correct this error .Yes , I know doctors bury their mistake but this one is not yet buried , so therefore they should correct the mistake .We have no money to pay, the LASUTH should find solution to it .We are not suing anybody but please we don’t have over one million naira to correct the surgery again” She pleaded to the Lagos State government and Commissioner for Health to wade into this matter. She said ” I am not accusing anybody ,We are not saying they did this or did that but here is a human being groaning in pains everyday. Have a look at the gory pictures when he is not dead .I am jobless and my sister is a Youth Corps Member. Please help us . We are poor and we cannot afford the bill LASUTH asked us to pay again .
Mrs. Duni Akinwale who is a sister to the patient said ” we have borrowed and borrowed money . Does it mean the poor has to suffer and pay for the negligence of the doctors?. Is this how he would be abandoned by these doctors who caused damage on him?”.
Lagos State Government Hospital Registration card number 246739 ( Urology Unit)
Lagos State Teaching Hospital , Ikeja Registration card number: 382463
Solomon Akinyemi Bejamin
Phone number is 07038489154