According to a friend of the actor Charles Okocha, his stomach burst open after his surgery at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital.
Last December popular Nollywood actor Charles Okocha also known as Igwe 2Pac was hit by a stray bullet and rushed to Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State for treatment.
The story back then was that the actor had a successful operation and was recuperating well.
Actually Charles Okocha’s road to recovery wasn’t that smooth. According to James Louis Okoye an event planner who rushed the actor to the hospital, Charles Okocha could have lost his life due to a reported botched surgery.
James Louis Okoye said that after Charles Okocha was brought to the hospital, the medical staff were slow in responding to the actor.
“It was over two hours and thirty minutes before the doctor that was to conduct the surgery came. Then I was told to go and sign approval for transfusion of blood. I told them to check if my blood could match his, and said that I was willing to donate blood to save his life. They said it would take longer time, that they already had blood in their bank. But they said what they had in their blood bank would have to pass through test one, two and three for HIV/AIDS. They said they were waiting to do the last one. For the fact that the case was urgent, they said that if I had no objections, I could sign that I approved for them to use the one they were not very sure of being HIV free. They said they are waiting for the last confirmatory test that the blood was HIV-free” James Louis Okoye told Sun News.
After the operation which lasted four hours Charles Okocha was wheeled into the male special ward. When his external stitches were removed, his stomach reportedly opened up.
“He was just sitting down and all of a sudden we heard a noise like a balloon burst. Behold, everything in Okocha’s stomach came out. You know it was a major operation.
“Nurses rushed over, looked at him and ran away. Anybody who looked at his dangling intestines could not behold the sight. It was a gory sight. But Okocha was courageous enough to hold his intestines from dropping on the ground and he turned his face away from his hands so that he would not faint at the sight of his own intestines coming out” said the event planner.
After 25 minutes of agony and pain, the doctor attended to actor, and the surgery was done all over again. According to James Louis Okoye the hospital allegedly used the wrong material in stitching the actor’s stomach during the surgery.
The Hospital through the Chairman of its Medical and Advisory Committee Nnewi, Dr. Evaristus Ede Afiadigwe however denied any wrong doing on its part, saying a burst stomach could happen any time after surgery and no wrong material was used during the actor’s surgery.
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