A 19-year-old undergraduate has lost her life after a hospital refused to treat her because she could not pay the bill of N10,000.
According to a colleague of the deceased, Ajewole T’ Wizzy who posted the sad story on his Facebook page, Odeyinka, a Sickle Cell patient and a 100-level student in the department of Anatomy, faculty of Health Sciences, died on Monday, January 24, 2017, following the insistence of the hospital management on the payment of the money before she could be treated when she went into a crisis.
T'Wizzy said Odeyinka fell ill and was rushed by fellow students to the community hospital where the staff refused to begin treatment because of her inability to pay money they demanded.
“Today being one of the saddest moment of my life. I lost someone so dear to me, the person of Odeyinka Ganiyat Feyisara, someone that I just met in a short while, thinking we were going to have a good time together.
She was a nice person. I had the feeling that she was going to be one of the best female friends I ever had.
All my hopes were cut short when the news got to me that she died this morning after a mild sickness and the community hospital refused to begin treatments on her due to lack of funds which her parents could sort out after the whole treatment.
Mere looking at it, they requested for just 10 thousand Naira(#10,000) which I myself could afford at that moment.
But I wasn’t there for her; I got there just too late… #sobs.. They didn’t begin treatment on her. They just recommended some experimental drugs for her which ended up as an overdose, and led to constipation... and I lost her.
Odeyinka Ganiyat Feyisara, I am so sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me the most. I can never forget you.
May your soul rest in perfect peace.”
Meanwhile, the authorities of the school have declared a one-week mid-semester break in honor of the deceased student with lectures set to resume on Monday, January 30, 2017.