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Woman accuses Lagos doctor of removing her womb without consent


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A medical practitioner and Managing Director of Holyfill Hospital, Ayelaje Joseph, has been accused of removing a woman’s womb, without her consent, in his hospital, located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

The accuser, Mrs. Okeafor Suzan, said she had an operation in the hospital for fibroid removal but later realized that her womb had been removed without her knowledge or permission.

When contacted, the Dr. Ayelaje Joseph said Mrs. Suzan gave consent for her womb to be removed, having had two children.

Mrs Okeafor insisted no such consent was given.

The mother of two said she visited the hospital on February 16, 2024, to consult Dr. Joseph.

“We registered with Holyfill Hospital in Ikorodu on February 1, 2024, under our medical service provider, Marina HMO. In that same month, I had an appointment with the MD of Holyfill, who is also a gynecologist. I consulted him about a fibroid I had managed for few years and wanted it removed. He immediately suggested removing my womb. I refused, explaining that it was a single fibroid, and previous scans advised against removal because it was symptomatic, causing bleeding and pain.

“He took me into his examining room, accompanied by his female manager, examined me, and stated that the fibroid had grown larger over the years. He prescribed medication to alleviate the pain and blood flow for that month. Although the medication provided some relief, I still desired to have the fibroid removed. He agreed and said he would send a code to my HMO for approval of the surgery. The HMO requested an additional scan, which again revealed a single fibroid.

“A surgery date was scheduled for March 30, 2024, but the doctor rescheduled it for March 29, 2024. After the surgery, I requested to see the removed fibroid, but nothing was shown to me. I returned to the hospital to file a complaint about the absence of my monthly period for April and May 2024. The doctor casually informed me, ‘You won’t see your period again, I removed your womb.’ I was shocked and asked why. He claimed it was what we had agreed upon, but that was untrue.

“I was taken to the theater and shown a bucket containing human parts, and I was told one of them was my fibroid. A subsequent scan confirmed that my womb had been removed without my permission, knowledge, or consent, and without pre-counseling or post-counseling. I did not request the removal of my womb, and I did not sign any consent form,” she said





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