A twenty-seven-year-old woman Rukiyat Afolabi whose womb was removed by professional doctors from the university of Port Harcourt teaching hospital UPTH says she is unable to come to terms with the facts that she cannot bear children of her own for life after her womb was allegedly removed without her consent and knowledge.
Rukayat Afolabi said she had gone to UPTH for delivery and had to undergo operation due to complication arising from the pregnancy.
She said she was accompanied to the hospital by her lover and partner who has since jilted her after he discovered she can no longer bear children of her own.
She said she lost her baby in the process of the surgeries due to delays by the university to attend to her on time as she was in an emergency situation having been under labour for someday at a labour home that could not handle her case.
She narrated that she got to UPTH at 8 AM, despite the preliminary investigation she was only wheeled into the theater at six PM and had a successful surgery but was told after she regained consciousness that she had a still birth but was never informed that she had lost her womb as well and was admitted in the hospital for 19 days after which she was discharged and went home, only discovered 8 months later that her womb was also removed along the process when she was unable to menstruate and have sexual urges.
She said she approached three different doctors who told her that her after series of test and scans that her womb has been removed and that the symptom she is experiencing is a common symptoms of the effect of OOPHERECTOMY being a complete form of RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY and that left her gravely damnified and traumatized.
Counsel to Rukayat Afolabi and senior partner of Lawyers for Justice International initiative(LAWJII) Modilyne Olowu said the practice of radical Hysterectomy without the consent of the woman is against the African charter on human and peoples right, and as well as the extent provisions of the CONVENTIONS ON THE ELIMINATIONOF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW)
Modilyne said what is worrisome is that this act was carried out not even by criminal elements or Quacks but by medical professionals and which amounts to gross medical negligence and a breach of the professional ethics of the Nigerian Medical Association and as enshrined in the Medical and dental practitioners Acts cap M8 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004
She said what was carried out on Rukayat was dispensed by persons who feel they have the power to play Gods with human life or get to determine which body part is to be sacrificed without presenting same before the patient who has the actual rights over his/her body life in line with the provisions of ARTICLE 7 of THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON CIVIL AND POLITCAL RIGHTS.
Also speaking another senior partner of LAWJII GBENGA OLADAPO called for the immediate suspension and revocation of the medical licenses of the medical practitioners that were involved in the nonconsensual and unauthorized surgical operation on Rukayat Afolabi, for their medical incompetence, and which led to the removal of her uterus.
He said ‘’We also call for the arrest, arraignment and prosecution for criminal negligence and in the interest of justice with a view of redressing these violations occasioned by the medical team,
When contacted the public relation officer of university of port Harcourt teaching hospital Elabha Meni said the hospital is aware of the case brought against them by miss Rukuyat Afolabi and would respond to the allegation at an appropriate time.