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How Doctor Removed Patient’s Kidneys in Bauchi

| August 12, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” When Abubakar Buba, 23, went to a private clinic in Bauchi for treatment of typhoid fever he got more than he bargained for. The doctor ended up removing his kidneys and now he is battling with his life at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi.

Weekly Trust learnt that Abubakar, who hails from Maciyar Kuka Village Bununu district Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, is now in a critical condition.

This is even as a Kaduna-based physician, Dr Mohammed Bello, said a patient cannot survive with no kidney unless if he is placed 100% on dialysis machine. “It is possible to live with only one kidney if the other is removed. But no one can live without both kidneys, unless he is placed on dialysis machine which plays the role of a kidney.”

According to the Director of Administration of Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Bauchi State Chapter Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, Buba went to the clinic in Bauchi complaining of stomach ache, diarrhoea and fever. But the doctor rushed him into theatre for operation and removed Abubakar’s kidneys saying that they have been damaged by typhoid.

Ibrahim said after the incident they were referred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano where the doctors confirmed that Abubakar’s two kidneys were removed. They referred him back to Bauchi for dialyses. He said the patient needs N5million for kidney transplant to live and it must be done outside the country.

He said the doctor took the patient to the theatre without even giving the family chance to sign a guarantor form and follow other normal administrative process in the clinic.

One of the family members who pleaded anonymity said, “We spend N8, 000 for dialysis in Kano and he needs three sessions in a week.

“We were referred back to ABTBUTH, Bauchi because it is cheaper and nearer home to us here. In Bauchi we pay N5, 000 for dialysis.”

Investigations by Weekly Trust revealed that Bauchi State Police Command has arrested the doctor and the nurse that carried out the operation.

Police Public Relations Officer ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo confirmed the arrest. He said “the doctor that carried out the operation and a nurse are with us at the State Criminal Investigation Department they are helping us with our investigation.”

ASP Auyo said the offence if established is a criminal offence that has to do with threat to life and we will charge them to court.

Efforts to get the Chief Medical Director of ABTBUTH Dr Mohammed Alkali to comment were unsuccessful. When called on phone he advised our correspondent to contact him during working hours.

Senior personnel in the Hospital told Weekly Trust correspondent that their main concern now is how to help the boy to survive; first we need money to take him abroad for kidney transplant and we need someone who will donate a kidney for him.

Weekly Trust gathered that the League of Friends, ATBUTH has been footing the cost of his dialysis while the family is appealing to Nigerians to help Abubakar get a transplant.

Category: Bauchi State News

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