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How a Doctor’s negliigence made a Nigerian Man impotent (Read)

Thirty nine-year-old Sodiq Momoh is not a happy man.
 
The father of five
is upset for two reasons. First, he is unable to urinate through his
male sex organ like a normal male, rather, he is only able to pass water
with the aid of a catheter (rubber tube) that he carries around.

Second, and perhaps more agonizing for Sodiq is his inability to initiate or sustain an Attention.

“I
used to be quite virile, but now, my male sex organ is lifeless and
unable to function. As a result, I cannot engage in sexual intercourse.
What is really paining me is that my wife is also not happy and is even
threatening to leave me because I can no longer satisfy her sexually,”
he disclosed to Saturday Vanguard in an interview.

A butcher by
profession, Sodiq, who hails from Oyo, in Oyo State, is blaming his woes
on complications he suffered as a result of what he described as a
medical doctor’s misconduct and professional negligence.

Recounting
his travails, Sodiq said it all began around February this year shortly
after he approached the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, in Oyo State, with a complaint of
an inflamed appendix.

Following diagnosis of appendicitis, he
recalled how he was promptly booked for an appendectomy (surgical
removal of the appendix) at the hospital and how the procedure was
successfully carried out. In his narration, Sodiq related how he got
more than he bargained for shortly after the surgical procedure.

“My
appendix was removed without incident, the operation was successfully
completed at about 6.30pm, and around 11pm that same night, I was
already up and moving around. Shortly afterwards, the doctor (name
withheld) who carried out the appendectomy approached me for payment.

“I
was surprised because I had already settled my bills at the pay point
of the hospital before the procedure, but the doctor insisted I had to
give him ‘something’, so I asked if I would get a receipt. He answered
in the negative and, in turn, I refused to give in and an argument
ensued.”

Sodiq noted that for several
hours after he was taken to the ward to recuperate, the catheter that
was affixed to his private part to aid passage of urine post surgery was
yet to be removed.

“From information I gathered, the catheter
ought to have been removed within 24-48 hours of the operation, but when
I was in pains in my private part, I called the doctor’s attention to
the development, but I was shocked when he told me point blank that I
would only be attended to when I was ready to accede to his request.

“His
unwillingness to attend to me resulted to the catheter remaining in my
body for as long as 144 hours. It was only after my private part had
become swollen, bleeding and fluid coming out that the catheter was
removed. Now, I urinate with great discomfort. I am always feeling a
peppery sensation in my urethra, worse still, I am unable to have an
Attention. These were not complications of the surgery, but consequences
of negligence.

Sodiq told Saturday Vanguard that he immediately
took up the matter officially with authorities of the hospital, but
several complaints yielded nothing as the response was not encouraging
because all effort to compel those in charge to take responsibility and
make amends for the misdemeanor amounted to nought.

Left
with no other option, Sadiq consulted his solicitors who petitioned the
hospital authorities . Copies of the petition, addressed to the Chief
Medical Director, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, were sent to the
institution’s Director of Administration, Chairman Medical Advisory
Committee and President, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of
Nigeria, MDCAN, Oyo State branch in Ibadan, as well as the President of
the Association’s national body in Abuja.

In the letter, Sodiq’s
lawyers pointed out the hospital’s responsibility to normalize his
urethral stream and also to foot the cost of medical treatment that
would regularise the damage.

The letter, dated 24 June, 2015, was
also copied to the office of the Oyo State Commissioner of Health and
office of the Oyo State Governor, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi,
demanding full investigation and appropriate sanctions meted out to
those found culpable and indicating readiness of the aggrieved party to
go to court to seek legal redress should the hospital fail to heed the
request. However, none of those copied had so far responded and when
Saturday Vanguard phoned the office of the Director of Administration,
LAUTECH, there was no response.

No corrective surgery

Sodiq
said he was told that if he really wanted to have an operation to
correct the problem, he would have to pay from his own pocket. “Even
after I made it clear that the doctor in question had admitted fault, an
official advised me to forget the matter because, as he claimed, the
hospital was not receiving subvention from the state government and was
under instruction by the Governor to generate funds internally to run
its own services.”

“I tried to seek the cooperation of all
concerned at a roundtable, but to avail. I was informed that the
hospital had nothing to answer for, but that is unacceptable to me. When
I was told that there was no waiver to be offered me in this respect, I
got really angry.

“I was angry because I have been
short-changed. The doctor had earlier admitted fault and said he was
ready to facilitate corrective surgery, but has been avoiding me.”

Marital strain

“I
am 39, married with five children, but since this incident happened, it
has caused a strain between me and my wife. I can neither urinate nor
have sexual intercourse. My wife is complaining that I am not satisfying
her sexually and she is threatening to leave me. My children are aged
between 13 and a half and two years old. I wish to have more children if
God wills it, and even if I cannot have more children, should I not be
complete as a man? Should not have a completely healthy body as God
created me?

“I am a sportsman. Before this problem, I used to be
very active and played games such as table tennis as recreation. I used
to jog every morning, but since the incident, I can hardly walk for
15-20 minutes without resting. I did not go to the hospital with these
disabilities, so I am totally disillusioned and challenging the doctor
and hospital to come out and talk about this matter.

As
a butcher, Sodiq lamented his plight. “Now I beg to survive, I beg to
feed my family. As a butcher, I know how much I used to make on the
average weekly. My business has been completely paralyzed since February
because I am just at home unable to function normally. My health is now sub optimal. I just want the hospital do the right thing.”

When
he consulted another health institution, he was given a huge bill for
the corrective treatment. “I went to Skyline Hospital, Ibadan, where I
was examined by an urologist after which I was told that I would need to
make a deposit of N190,000 before the corrective surgery. I went to the
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, and it was a similar story.

“Where
am I going to get that kind of money? I paid a lot of money for the
appendectomy, but I am not demanding a refund. I have lost confidence in
the hospital. I am ready to go elsewhere. What I am demanding is to be
compensated.”

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