An 18-year-old law undergraduate has died of complications from appendicitis — after her UK doctor failed to diagnose the ailment in three months.
By the time the ailment was diagnosed on her return to Nigeria, she needed an emergency operation — but the hospital did not have life support and she died in the process, according to her parents.
Kikaose Ebiye Onyibe, daughter of Magnus Onyibe — former commissioner of information in Delta state who writes a regular column for TheCable — was a second year law undergraduate at the University of Birmingham.
She died on Wednesday at Gold Cross Hospital, Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, following an unsuccessful surgery to remove a ruptured appendix.
“Kikaose had been complaining of lower abdominal pain since October last year and had been visiting a GP in Birmingham, UK, where her school is located,” the parents said in the obituary announcement.
“The GP failed to diagnose the ailment correctly despite several visits in many months. Instead of conducting a scan to identify her ailment, they gave her minor pain killers whenever she visited the surgery (clinic).”
The UK National Health Service (NHS) — which gives free medical service — is notorious for its budget cuts which force doctors to pay minimal attention to conditions not considered life-threatening.
Kikaose was only diagnosed properly with ruptured appendix when she arrived Nigeria on April 11 and she did a scan.
“Upon discovery of the rupture, an immediate surgery was recommended in Nigeria by doctors who warned that Kika’s life would be in grave danger if she were to be flown back to UK for the procedure,” the parents said.
“Unfortunately, the surgery was not successful as the hospital had no life support system to stabilise her and Kika passed away.”
She had her primary and secondary school education at Greenwoods House School, Parkview estate, Ikoyi, and Lagoon School, Lekki Lagos. She the proceeded to the UK to study law before her death.
The parents described Kika as a “bubbling young lady that was full of lofty dreams and aspirations. Above all, she loves her creator, the almighty God and it was unsurprising that she resolved to attend church regularly, assemble her mates together for fellowship and talk at informal sessions with her friends”.
A post on her Facebook wall on May 27, 2011 reads: “Can anyone tell me why it is so hard to pray, but easy to swear? Why clubs are growing and churches are shrinking? Why it is so hard to repost a Christian status but easy to post a gossip? Why we can worship a celebrity but not Jesus? Jesus said, if you deny me in front of your friends, I will deny you in front of my father. Repost if you’re not afraid of what your friends will think.”
She would have been 19 on April 29.
She is survived by her parents — Helen and Magnus — and two siblings, Sopuluchukwu and Ebubechukwu.
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