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The mother of Dr. Hestianna Idiodi-Thomas, a paediatric surgeon with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, whose death on Thursday was rumoured to have been as a result of domestic violence has refuted the unverified account. Dr. Dr. Hestianna  Idiodi-Thomas

The brutally bashed body of late Dr. Hestianna Idiodi-Thomas, a mother of-two was rushed to LUTH on Thursday, three days after she came to work. She was reported to have been beaten to death by her husband, a doctor too, and a Consultant Clinical Patholigist with the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja.
The report also has it that her husband fled after the murder.

Unconfirmed sources told OrijoReporter that the deceased had long history of suicide attempts and suggested that she killed herself. dr. emeka

But in a post by Dr. Emeka Ogbolu(pictured right), the Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria LUTH branch, a body late Dr. Hestianna Idiodi-Thomas was a member, cautioned against making ill-informed conclusion about the death of the deceased narrating the discussion he had with the deceased’s mother.

“It is indeed a sad event. And I have refrained from posting anything because I was appalled at how some people jumped to conclusions that it was homicide without investigating or asking questions… I also had to refrain because it is really painful being that I saw her on Tuesday and therefore it came as a shock. Many calls came in to seek MDCAN LUTH’s position but it would have been premature to say anything due to the emotions. She was a very hardworking consultant, who seemed indefatigable. However I just came from their home where I went to pay a condolence visit and what I saw was a pained and angry mother. Her mother, after I introduced myself, pleaded that we do not abandon her son-in-law who is a son to her. While weeping she asked why someone will be so insensitive and wicked to her as a mother and conclude that her son-in-law killed her daughter. She cursed those that started because she said they have only added to her pain which is already unbearable. She said she is a principal officer in a university and has some background in psychology and she knows the tell tale signs of domestic violence. She visits often and would not have hesitated to forcefully drag her daughter out of the marriage had that been the case. She would have known from her interaction with their children. She said those who started this have stung her where it hurts because she does not joke with her children. She said she broke down when she saw the Nation newspaper that carried the story. I saw a mother pained. I think it was genuine. I promised her I would pass on her message as much as I can and that is all I have down.”

It was gathered that the Nigerian Medical Council, NMA, has commenced investigation into the mystery surrounding Dr. Hestianna Idiodi-Thomas’ death.

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