By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Two Nigerians in search for succor in Belgium have been left licking their wounds in misery as they have claimed a Belgian hospital has reduced them to vegetables.
Speaking after a surgery carried out on them heart broken sisters who are now miserable are calling for the world to hear their cry and bring justice to them, as the cry and search for a child to call her own has landed the two Nigerian women in perpetual misery.
According to a Twitter thread by Fisayo Soyombo, who couldn’t hide his pain and disgust about the incident, he called on the Nigerian government to intervene as as soon as possible before it becomes an issue to the victims.
Hos posted: “Two Nigerians have their lives permanently damaged by a Belgian hospital. The painful part is Belgium is getting away with it.
“A straightforward surgery @azsintjan Hospital to remove fibroid from Ajima Ogbole’s uterus ended up in the ‘erroneous’ amputation of her cervix.
“The hospital didn’t want to admit this error — not until it was game over.
Complications from this surgery meant Ajima had to entirely give up her uterus, never to be able to carry a baby inside her again.
“Still willing to have a baby almost as naturally possible, Ajima managed to convince her sister-in-law Susan Ogbole to serve as her surrogate.
“When it was time for Susan to birth the baby she’d carried for Ajima, the Belgian doctors advised her to go for epidural delivery, which she didn’t want.
“She’d preferred a caesarean and general anaesthesia. She reluctantly listened to the doctors’ advice of an epidural.
“She successfully put to bed but couldn’t stand unaided afterwards. She had become paralysed.
“@azsintjan Hospital blamed this on an ‘African bacteria’, but subsequent tests and expert advice overruled that possibility. To worsen it all, family wanted to travel to Belgium to give Susan proper support but they were denied visas.
“Her husband only got a one one-month visa that the Belgian interior ministry descried as a “favour.”
“There is a general coldness in how the hospital and the Belgian authorities have gone about this. No human is immune to error but there can be no excuses for a lack of post-error penitence and willingness to make it up to the victim.
“It’s not just the damage to Ajima and Susan but the audacity — that do-your-worst attitude. Despite all the hurt she has suffered, Ajima only has three demands:
“i. An apology from the hospital
ii. An acceptance of full responsibility for the fatal results of the treatments
iii. And an overhaul of the Belgian health system to protect patients.
“The treatment of Ajima and Susan by Belgium should interest the @NigeriaMFA and @nidcom_gov. No human deserves to be treated this way, even if they’re Nigerians based in faraway Belgium,” he concluded.
With all said, it’s left for the Nigerian government to see this and act diplomatically to resolve this issue as their citizens are going through an unjust pain in Belgium.