Chinyere Roselin Chukwuma, the widow of late ace broadcaster, Charles Bruce Chukuma, popularly known as Chaz B, who was the host of the radio program ‘Sharing Life Issues with ChazB’ who died allegedly through medical negligence at a Lagos Hospital on the 22nd of November 2014, is talking about his demise for the first time. She wrote a minute by minute account of what transpired, and is demanding an investigation into the cause of her husband’s death. What she wrote after the cut…
We got home. And just about 15minutes after, my husband said he felt like throwing up. I brought a bowl to him, and he vomited and he felt a bit better. He slept for some time and got up in an excruciating pain. Immediately I jumped into my clothes, and then called Dr. Balogun, to say that we are on our way back to the hospital. He said no problem that the Dr. will be waiting for me. I asked which Dr.? And he said the Dr. is their senior surgeon by name Dr. Fadiran. Balogun said that Dr Fadiran was the Dr. on call. We got to the hospital in less than 20minutes; my husband came down from the car himself. He walked into the hospital by himself before he was wheeled into the ER. Then came Dr. Kevwe, and I asked him about the senior surgeon, and he told me that he would be coming very soon. I wasn’t too happy with that, as I had mentioned to Dr. Balogun that my husband was in serious pains. I expected to see a consultant like he said. Kevwe started by trying to put him on drip that took forever, as he was unable to successfully get his veins, while my husband was anguishing in pain. My husband kept telling them (DR. Kevwe and the nurse) that he wants to throw up or use the rest room and he would be fine. He kept saying that if he throws up he will be fine. Meanwhile, Dr. Kevwe was taking instructions on phone from Dr. Fadiran. This was when I asked when the Dr. would come. I kept asking, “When will the doctor come?” And Dr. Kevwe said Dr. Fadiran asked him to get my entire husband’s information. DR. Kevwe told me that they are waiting for the Radiologist and the Anesthesiologist and none of these people showed up.
My husband kept on saying that he wants to throw up. But then, Dr. Kewe asked the nurse to give him an injection, I asked what the injection was for? And he said it will stop him from vomiting. He became so uncomfortable and was losing his breath. They put him on oxygen, but I guess he was already choking. Meanwhile, Kevwe was still taking instructions from Dr. Fadiran on the phone. At this time, he started gasping for air. Meanwhile, before then, another Dr. showed up. I don’t know his name but he’s average in height and dark complexioned. He inserted a suction tube into his mouth, but I guess he was two hours or more late with that. Because if that was done when I brought him to the hospital that morning, he would have been here with me today.
If Dr. Fadiran was at the hospital, even after he was told that it was an emergency; my husband would have been here with me. If the anesthesiologist was at the hospital, he probably would have been here with me. If the radiologist was around on that morning to at least see what was happening inside of him, he probably would have been here with me. If Dr. Kevwe knew exactly what he was doing that morning without taking instructions from Dr. Fadiran on the phone, with an emergency case right in front of him, my husband would have been here. My husband died of total negligence on the part of St. Nicholas Hospital, and I know it. Like I said earlier, the Dr. was 2 hours plus late with the suction, because at this time, the nurse was already calling my husband’s name, shouting “Mr. Charles, Mr. Charles!” He was given 4 adrenaline injections. The drip wasn’t going at all, all this while lest I forget. I watched my husband struggled to breath. I watched him fight for his life and I was right there when he died. And even though they were busy with C.P.R, I knew when he passed on, because immediately he stopped struggling, fluid started gushing out of his mouth and nose, I knew that was it. That was the same fluid that was choking him. If there was a senior consultant or surgeon at the hospital as at when I brought him, he probably would have been helped. In between all this, Dr. Kevwe at a time said to Dr. Fadiran on phone that he should come now as the patient is in a critical condition. He said to the same Dr. Fadiran that 11 O’clock might be too late. I brought my husband at about 6AM to St. Nicholas Hospital and he died at about 9.30AM without receiving prompt and adequate care.