The health personnel of the Yaounde Central Hospital led by its Director Prof. Pierre Joseph Fouda, have watered down the claims of a family accusing them of causing the death of their 22-year old son, by removing his organs.
Professor Fouda said the claims were unfounded, as an operation carried out on the patient had been done in safe conditions, although he unfortunately died. The Director added that the corpse was brought in front of his office afterwards, where he got aggressed by the enraged family “fortunately the guard was here. It was really terrible” he agonized.
Events leading to the death of the 22-year old, started on the 10th of September, when he went for medical attention at the Yaounde Central hospital, after being assaulted and stabbed with a knife.
Dr. Daniel Biwole, head of the surgical emergency ward of the hospital explained that “due to the location of the wound, there was a high risk of […] an internal organ in the abdomen. So the plan was to monitor the patient during 48 hours in our service. Unfortunately, he decided to be discharged against our will” Dr. Daniel said.
It appears the patient later returned to the hospital when the situation got worse. “We diagnosed the condition, we decided to operate the patient. But due to the fact that his general state was very altered, we performed a […] first and the next day, he underwent surgery […] after, we just noticed that he was showing signs of […] and the tissues under the skin which is a severe condition […] so we had to perform a second surgery and the aim of this surgery was to remove all the infected tissues. There was a persistence of the infection and he died two days later” the head of the surgical emergency ward explained.
The Director of the health facility Prof. Pierre Fouda, has cautioned the population that in such situations, it is always good to seek the attention of a medical adviser to better understand what happened, before making any assumptions.