Until the family of the Ovarian Cancer patient, Ahmed Mayowa, signs a consent form to release her, she would not be released from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, where she was admitted.
Mr. Kenneth Otuneme, the Public Relations Officer of LUTH, said the hospital will not stop any family who wants to take their patient away, as long as they meet the hospital requirement.
Speaking in an interview with Punch News, Otuneme said, “Mayowa is still with us. If the family needs a referral letter, the managing consultant would decide on that."
"If the managing consultant wants to issue a referral letter, he will. It is up to the family. I don’t know if the hospital plans to release Mayowa."
“As of Friday, I have not seen Mayowa Ahmed’s family. However, we won’t stop any family who wants to take their patient away; all they need to do is to sign a consent form."
"If a patient’s condition is critical and the family members decide to sign the consent form, stating that they no longer require her to be treated at LUTH, we will release the patient. This is the normal practice anywhere in the world."
LUTH had earlier revealed through a statement that it was not involved in any activity regarding the raising of funds for Mayowa's medical operation abroad.
This was its reaction in respect to unconfirmed allegations that the fund-raising campaign was a scam.
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