Pathetic!!! Man Dies Because He's a Nobody


Sunday Tsado, fondly called Sunny, was a
young man who through his hard work,
was a breadwinner for his family. Sunny
was a peaceful gentle man from a humble
background who found happiness and
fulfillment in his job, Photography.
Sunny was unfortunately attacked and shot
by armed robbers in his home, Lugbe in
Abuja in the early hours of 2nd May, 2016.
He was immediately taken to the National
Hospital, Abuja.
He arrived at the hospital, bleeding and in
severe pain at about2.30am. He was denied
the required urgent medical care including
blood transfusion to save his life. Even
without initial assessment, his family and
friends were told to provide blood for
transfusion because there was none
available. Continue…
However, while the struggle to ensure he
gets the emergency medical attention was
ongoing, Sunny’s other friends and well-
wishers were trying to reach his elder
brother who works as a security man at the
same National Hospital. They were able to
contact his brother at about 5.30am, when
he immediately found his way to the
Accident and Emergency Unit of the
hospital. The brother upon arrival, angrily
cried out to the health workers asking if
they knew the patient was his brother.
That was ONLY when two pints of blood
were immediately released to be transfused
to poor Sunny. Other forms of treatment
were also started at the same time.
Unfortunately, the golden opportunity
Sunny had to be saved, was over. Sunny
died at about 8.00am.
Why is this case painful and disturbing?
Sunny, the breadwinner of his family was
left unattended to at the accident and
emergencies, until his people were able to
reach his brother who works as a gateman
at the same hospital. Sunny only received
treatment from 5.30am, only because of
the brother; 150 minutes later. Is this the
first of such cases? Unfortunately No, this
is one of the commonest, unacceptable and
unethical practices experienced by most
Nigerians. Sunny would probably be alive
if he were brought in an SUV or some
exotic car. We have imagined that Sunny
would probably be alive if he had
influential people take him to the hospital.
Perhaps he would have received the
required medical care at the golden hour,
if the health care providers had earlier cue
he was a relation to one of their staff. But
should medical attention be discharged on
such standard? If Sunny didn’t have a
brother working at the hospital, he would
probably NOT receive the attention he got
about 150 minutes later. It’s more painful
that the same blood that wasn’t available
earlier, became available because he
changed status from being an “ordinary”
patient to a staff’s relative.
There is no doubt that the failure of the
health system in this situation is a bad
reflection of the country. It is more heart
breaking that such occurrences are
associated with the National Hospital,
Abuja. It’s more disheartening to know that
Sunny, and more people have had their
lives ended due to such preferential
treatment and negligence, if not more.
Just as Sunday Tsado has been laid to rest,
6 feet beneath the earth, today 6th May,
2016, we hope the National Hospital would
accept responsibility for Sunny’s death. We
want justice! We hope to get such wrongs
corrected to reduce future occurrences!
This story was sent in by Barrister
Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, a PR Consultant
that runs Lagos based Visage Media

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