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Physician jailed for inflicting critical harm to affected person

Doctor jailed for causing grievous harm on patient

A sure Dr. Ejike Ferdinand Orji has been sentenced to at least one yr in jail by a Lagos Excessive Court docket sitting in Tafawa Balewa Sq. (TBS), for inflicting critical harm, negligence and endangering the lifetime of his 16 yr previous affected person.

The Nation reported that Orji was sentenced on Friday, January 20, after being discovered responsible on 4 out of six counts.

He was accused of making use of a plaster of Paris (POP) to the leg of PW (Prosecution witness) 10 (affected person) on July 26, 2018, utilizing non-medical personnel and with out performing an X-ray to establish the extent of wound.

The POP was connected too tightly to the then sixteen-year-old Ezi-Ashi’s leg, and it triggered extreme harm.

When the sufferer complained of discomfort and requested for the POP to be relaxed, the convict reportedly refused, ensuing within the teen being unconscious and he was later rushed to Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, the place he had surgical procedure.

Nor did the official physician receive the consent of the affected person’s mom, who was within the hospital on the time of the Plaster of Paris (POP) work.

At Reddington Hospital, it was found that the defendant sawed by the POP and allegedly broken the muscle tissues of the boy’s decrease leg, foot and toes with extensive open wounds which have been within the preliminary stage of ” compartmentalization”.

Prosecutor Babatunde Sunmonu informed the courtroom that the sufferer underwent 4 main surgical procedures and following his vital situation, two orthopedic surgeons from america of America extracted the lifeless muscle tissues from his leg. He added that it was a significant wrestle to save lots of the boy’s life as he wanted to be flown to america for additional consideration.

Ruling on the case, Decide Adedayo Akintoye stated;

“I’m of the opinion that the defendant dedicated a breach of his duties as a health care provider by intentionally refusing to take away the fiberglass solid on the affected person’s left leg regardless of complaints of extreme ache which thus resulted in compartment syndrome. .

“The defendant had undertaken to hold out the process and to offer medical therapy to PW 10 (affected person), which proved to be detrimental to his well being.

“The prosecution was in a position to set up the important components of the offenses of dereliction of responsibility. I conclude that the prosecution has established the important components in Courts 2, 3, 4 and 6. The prosecution has subsequently confirmed its case past an affordable doubt.

“Due to this fact, on counts one and 5, the accused, Dr. Ejike Ferdinand Orji is hereby discovered not responsible. On counts two, three, 4 and 6, I discover him responsible and he’s subsequently convicted. That is the judgment of the courtroom”

After the defendant’s lawyer, Ajibola Ariba urged the courtroom to mood justice with mercy, including that the defendant being a first-time offender had by no means been convicted of against the law prior to now, Decide Akintoye stated;

“I’ve listened to the enchantment for clemency on behalf of the defendant, that the defendant is a primary time offender. Due to this fact, the defendant, Dr. Ejike Ferdinand Orji is discovered responsible and sentenced to at least one yr imprisonment every, on counts two, three, 4 and 6.”

The decide stated the sentence would run concurrently.

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