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Saturday, 1 October 2016
‘I Almost Committed Suicide After My Son Died’ – Nollywood Actor, Mr Ibu
Comic Nollywood actor, Mr Ibu has revealed the personal struggles he went through after he lost his 2-year-old son five years ago.
According to him, it was due to the negligence of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and he was devastated that after his son’s death, the doctor walked up to him to ask if his son’s corpse could be used for praticals.
The actor, in an interview with Punch, narrated the sad incident.
He said, “The matter was actually between the Paediatric Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and me. It was in 2011. On January 18, 2011, my 2-year-old son fell ill. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the liver.
“The hospital suggested that he should be scanned. At the same time, I was informed that I could take my son out of the hospital to get the scan done elsewhere. But the same people later declined, saying that everything had to be done in the hospital because he was too weak to be taken outside.”
“After a while, I was told that there was no electricity in the hospital. When I asked if there was no standby generator, they said there was no fuel in it.
“I offered to pay for fuel only to be told that the man that operated the generator was not around.
“When I left the place and got back later, the man still had not returned. Then I was advised to write an application and to submit to the admin department. After writing the application, I found that there was nobody to receive and treat it.
“While I was waiting, I was told that my son’s condition required blood transfusion. I did everything possible to ensure that the boy was given treatment at the hospital, but my efforts were in vain. Finally, the boy gave up the ghost.”
“Later, one of the doctors came to me and, without even sympathising with me, asked if I could release my boy’s corpse to him so that they could cut it open and use it to teach other medical students.
In that moment, I felt like committing murder for the first time in my life.”
Mr Ibu welcomed a son with his wife in February 2016 and has a daughter after losing his first son from his ex-wife years ago.