Hospital blamed for 4-year-old girl’s leg amputation

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The management of Salama Infirmary Hospital And Maternity, Zaria, Kaduna, is in trouble following allegation that the amputation of the limb of a 4-year-old girl, Adamu Rukayya, is due to medical mistake made by the hospital.


Rukayya’s parents are accusing Salama Hospital of being the cause of their daughter’s leg amputation at ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika.

Backed by an NGO, Global Initiative for Women and Children, GIWAC, the family is demanding for the prosecution of the Sabon Gari based hospital and the doctor that attended to the little girl on October 6, 2016.amputee

In a post on GIWAC’s Facebook page on February 20, the NGO’s founder, Mrs. Hafsat Mohammed-Baba, brought the issue to light.

She wrote: “Rukayya a 4 year old girl from Zaria fell sick and was taken to Salama Hospital in Zaria. After running some tests, Rukayya’s parents were told their daughter was a sickler that she has malaria and was treated for it.

“When Rukayya’s condition didn’t improve, her parents took her back to the hospital where she was admitted immediately and was told she needed blood transfusion. The transfusion was done through one of the veins in her leg because they could not find any in her hands.Unfortunately, after the transfusion the leg became swollen and Rukkaya had to be taken back to the hospital. Rukkaya’s parents were told to take her back home elevate her legs and administer ice therapy.

“When that didn’t work Rukayya was taken back to the hospital where the parents met the hostility of the staff but when they examined the leg again they found out they could not handle the case anymore so they were referred to ABU teaching hospital Shika. On getting to Shika Rukkaya had to be taken to the emergency room and the doctor told her parents that Rukayya’s leg needs to be amputated immediately due to the infection that is spreading in her leg.

“Unfortunately, Rukkaya had to lose her leg and when further tests were carried out at Shika, the doctors told Rukayya’s parents that she was not a sickler and Salama Hospital misdiagnosed her from the start.

“GIWAC has filed a petition on behalf of Rukkaya to the Executive Governor, Commissioner of police, Speaker state house of assembly, the elected members representing her constituency (Basawa constituency)in the state assembly and the chairman of her local government (Sabon gari).”


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