The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has decided against releasing Mayowa Ahmed, an ovarian cancer patient whom the #SaveMayowa Campaign was organised for in order to raise money for her treatment.
The management of the hospital speaking through its Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Otuneme said that the family of Mayowa Ahmed is yet to sign a consent form which it stipulated as part of release agreement based on the how sensitive the patient’s conditions is.
Speaking in a phone interview with Punch, Kenneth Otuneme in behalf of the hospital said: “Mayowa is still with us. If the family needs a referral letter, the managing consultant would decide on that. If the managing consultant wants to issue a referral letter, he will. It is up to the family. I don’t know if the hospital plans to release Mayowa.
“As of Friday, I have not seen Mayowa Ahmed’s family. However, we won’t stop any family who wants to take their patient away; all they need to do is to sign a consent form. If a patient’s condition is critical and the family members decide to sign the consent form, stating that they no longer require her to be treated at LUTH, we will release the patient. This is the normal practice anywhere in the world.”