The management of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, has said that arrangements had been made to transfer the late Adebola Akin-Bright to Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK before he passed away.
The hospital said Akin-Bright’s small intestine was discovered to be missing when he was brought to the hospital for correctional surgery.
The 13-year-old reportedly developed complications on Tuesday evening, September 19, and was rushed to the intensive care unit of the LASUTH, where he was thereafter pronounced dead.
In a statement on Wednesday, the hospital management expressed hope that the appropriate professional body would step in to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death.
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The statement read: “Suffice it to say that arrangements to transfer Akin-Bright to the reputable Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK had been carried to the final stages by the hospital management before he passed on yesterday.
“We are hopeful that the appropriate professional body will eventually step in to unravel the circumstances of Akin-Bright’s death.”
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the death of Akin-Bright.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, described the death of the boy as a painful loss, not only to the deceased family and friends, but also to him personally and the entire state, considering the efforts made by the Lagos State government to save the young boy.
The governor sympathised with the late Adebola’s family and friends, especially his mother, Mrs Deborah Abiodun, who did all she could and went the extra mile as a mother to save the life of her son.
Sanwo-Olu also commended the medical team of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital who treated Adebola for several months and gave him the best medical care before he died on Tuesday evening.
“I am sad that we lost Adebola despite the huge efforts by his mother, Deborah Abiodun, the medical team at LASUTH and the Lagos State government to save him. Adebola’s death is a painful and personal loss to me because of my commitment in conjunction with the medical team to save the boy,” he said.