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Extortion by Doctors: I avoided a Tragedy!

Most times, I ponder on how wicked some humans are, how people are less concerned about the wellbeing of others, and how people are filled with ulterior motives. It all boils down to the fact that in a nation as corrupt as ours, even medical practitioners have failed to uphold the moral standards of the medical profession. As I share my story in agony, I’m sure that many will make suggestions that I should forgive. Sadly, forgiving is not the problem. I choose not to forget for I’ve lost someone dear to my heart as a result of extortion by a so-called medical doctor.

I found out that my wife, Tinuke, was pregnant for my child on January 22, 2017. It was a joyful day for both of us as we were expecting our first baby two years after marriage. In as much as I’d love to share her exciting journey towards delivery, I can barely withstand the joyful moments as tears roll down my eyes at the thought of what could have happened if I had gone with the alternative. I’m certain I would have been telling another story right now.

Precisely one week before the predicted date of delivery, I visited the hospital where my wife had been undergoing antenatal checks. The doctor suggested that she take scans to ascertain the due date of birth. We did as instructed and gave him the reports. Surprisingly, he glanced through the results for about a minute and gave us the greatest shock of our lives. He was confident that my wife had to undergo Caesarean as he claimed that the head of the fetus was yet to enter the cervix. In fact, he confidently declared that no hospital abroad will be able to deliver the baby and that an operation was the only way out. 

At this point, I was a bit confused for I’m also knowledgeable about health-related matters. He didn’t even prescribe drugs used to trigger labour in pregnant women. I was forced to visit another cardiologist, and the delivery of my first child was successful without any operation. I can only imagine what could’ve happened if I had taken the wrong decision. It was apparent that this so-called “specialist” was only trying to extort money from us. It’s sad that he didn’t care about whoever he hurts in the process.

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