The Chief Medical Director of Beachland Specialist Hospital, Arepo, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Ademola Imran, says that Omoyajuwo Omolara Basirat most likely died as a result of heart attack and not of medical negligence as claimed by her friend, @charah_xx, on Twitter.
The hospital is reacting to a series of tweets by a tweep with Twitter handle @charah_xx, whom the hospital authorities said had been with the late Omolara in the hospital and gave her name simply as Ayo.
@charah_xx had alleged that Omolara with Instagram handle ‘Larry Billions ’ had died from the treatment she received for peptic ulcer at Beachland Hospital, located at Arepo, a suburb of Ogun State.
In addition to a video clip of Omolara in an untoward posture beside what appears to be a hospital bed, a screenshot from Omolara’s alleged Instagram handle, which appears to have been removed as of the time of filing this report, also shows a complaint, allegedly by the deceased, concerning her health issue.
According to @charah_xx, ‘Larry Billions ’ had posted on her IG handle: ”
“I don’t wish this peptic ulcer pain on my enemy.
“The werey [sic] almost choked life out of me this afternoon.
“It had me saying my last prayers
“Eleribu fe pa mi lai ti lowo lowo [the cursed affliction wanted to kill me before I make it].”
Omolara reportedly worked for the LASEMA as a call centre representative. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency was established vide LASEMA Law 16 of 2008 for emergency and disaster management in the state. Late Omolara’s friend, @charah_xx, alleged that LASEMA said it could not respond to the distress call because it was “not on their call record.”
@charah_xx did not respond to our Correspondent’s DM on Sunday, seeking further discussions on the trending issue.
In the series of tweets, @charah_xx had stated:
“My friend Lara feeling some type of way (ulcer attack as she claimed in her status) she went to the hospital,tested + also to malaria (according to her) & was given some injections… and then she went back home….
“I got to Lara’s place at past 10. She had tried to eat and vomited, she was sweating profusely. I started to clean, she vomited again. I went to her neighbor so we could go back to the hospital since she wasn’t getting better, she was breathing hard too.
“We got to Beachland Hosp. AREPO and she saw the same doctor that attended to her. initially, I excused them but I heard him say “I’ll have to admit you” I dashed back to her to pick stuff that she’d be needing. Before I got back she had been taken to the wards.
“I met a nurse there giving her some injections through her hands (the way they give drips) Lara was so uncomfortable, she kept on insisting that she couldn’t lie down cos she’s not breathing well. “How am I supposed to sleep when I’m not breathing well?”
“After a while they left, they put a device on her thumb and asked me to be monitoring it and call for attention once it reads 90. She wasn’t getting any better rather she was getting worse, I went to complain, a nurse came again n gave her another injection
“Lara after the injections (I was told she’d sleep off and I should keep checking the device on her thumb).
“The device later stopped working, I detected the battery was low, I didn’t meet any nurse on her wards floor, I went to the floor before hers and complained, I started to look for the doctor. when I got back to the ward Lara had already sat where I was, she couldn’t really talk.
“Somehow, Lara lost consciousness, another doctor came in and said she (the new doctor) didn’t know it was this kind of case (meaning it’s critical) and then asked that she’s placed on oxygen, there was reluctance to get that oxygen.
“I made efforts myself at some point I went to the emergency room to get the oxygen myself, I almost lifted it alone before one of the nurses came to give me aid and eventually another collected it from me, she was placed on oxygen.
“They asked me questions about her health history. How would you admit a patient without asking her those things initially? She has a card that shows she has been using that hospital since 2019…I called her siblings (they both don’t live in Lagos/Ogun). Lara was an orphan.
“Lara doesn’t smoke, she doesn’t have Asthma, she only had episodes of chest pain alongside her back (that aggravates from the ulcer attack) the only thing I know is her chest pain from aggravated ulcer after her back) fast forward to almost 1am, they said they need to refer her.
“They said I need to get someone to come n pick us up, as their ambulance is not available till later that morning. I said I’ll wait coz of it was already midnight. They said the oxygen they have can’t last up to 3 hours (they started touching the cylinder to demonstrate emptiness)
“They declared her bp low and hurried me again, I immediately started to call for help, I made a tweet to call for help (that I later deleted after I found someone) phone calls and all. took her phone and took numbers from it. It’s already around 2:30am.
“Mind you, I tried to reach out to people at her workplace (Lara worked at LASEMA as a call center representative, yes! 112 emergency. She picked calls and recorded cases) they were scared that the ambulance wouldn’t be able to come over, since it’s not on their call record.
“I approached the first doctor that attended to her as he was writing the referral letter and tried to ask somethings he didn’t respond n he said I should allow him focus on the referral note (he wrote it more than once, he was being careful I guess)
“I thought they would let us go with the oxygen, a nurse only brought it to the car door and put it in her nostrils for a while, I even thought she was gonna go with us. They left us and told Lara’s neighbor to move with the “highest speed”
“They placed her head on my laps and asked me to raise my laps, the windows were wind down as they advised, When we got to LASUTH, the doctors at the medical emergency announced Lara dead and they filled a form ‘BID’ (Brought in dead) Lara died! She died on my laps and in my arms.
“Lara’s health was obviously mismanaged. Lara doesn’t joke with her health, she went to the hospital herself, It’s a pity it had to be Lara my friend, Lara could be me tomorrow, Lara could be you.
“The health system needs a reform. Health mismanagement and negligence of the health workers in beachland specialist hospital Arepo killed my friend Omolara Omoyajuwolo.
“There was no ambulance, there was no supporting oxygen, there was no nurse. Loudly crying face Broken heart Broken heart Broken heart.”
She ended her tweets with a hashtag #JusticeForOmolara, and a call for tributes in her honor and memory.
However, speaking with PUNCH HealthWise on Sunday afternoon [today], CMD Imran said that the late Omolara was treated for ulcer and malaria in the evening of May 5, after which she left but returned to the hospital after about 90 minutes later with complaints of chest pain and difficulty in breathing, for which she was placed on admission.
The doctors who attended to late Omolara, Ibrahim Moshood and Olamide Banjo, further told our correspondent that efforts to ascertain their late patient’s medical history from her family and friends were not successful, as the said persons were reportedly not aware of her condition.
The doctors also stated that they had used the phone of Omolara’s friend, Ayo, to speak with the deceased lady’s sister and that her sister had informed them that Omolara had once complained of chest pain, for which she had accessed treatment at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The doctors said that efforts to get further details of the late Omolara’s visits to the National Hospital Abuja or the medications she was given were unsuccessful as her sister reportedly told them that Omolara never discussed her health issue with her [the sister].
Explaining further, the hospital said that they “nebulised” Omolara when they found that she could not breath properly, following which they connected her to the last cylinder of oxygen available at the hospital.
The hospital further said that they informed her friend, Ayo, that they needed to refer to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, because she needed specialist review as soon as possible, stating that they suspected that she was suffering from “either acute myocardial infarction or pulmonary embolism.”
Dr. Ibrahim Moshood specifically said that as of the time that Omolara was being escorted to the car to be transferred to LASUTH, “the patient was stable.”
He added that the major issue they had as they prepared to transfer Omolara to LASUTH “was the unavailability of a vehicle.”
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