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Following ongoing controversy surrounding the funds raised for treatment of ovarian cancer patient Mayowa Ahmed, the bank account that has the money donated has been frozen and Lagos State teaching Hospital has denied any involvement in the fund-raising campaign.
Lagos State Police public relations officer Dolapo Badmus has released a statement on behalf of the force saying that the police would definitely get to the root of the matter, to ascertain whether or not it was indeed a fraud.
Ahmed Mayowa Shukurat was diagnosed with bilateral Ovarian mass carcinoma and needed to raise about N32m (100,000 US Dollars) for treatment at Emory International Hospital Atlanta, USA. A campaign to #SaveMayowa started and went viral on social media, thanks to Nollywood Actress Toyin Aimakhu who visited the patient and helped to put a human face to her plight. Nigerians responded enmasse and in just 3 days, Mayowa was able to get all the money she needed for her treatment.
Drama ensued when Toyin Aimakhu went visiting yesterday and was denied access to the patient.. Then we started hearing different gist about how the entire #SaveMayowa campaign was a fraud. One thing led to the other and the Police had to be brought in.
An official press release by the Police states that:
“The Lagos State commissioner of police Cp Fatai Owoseni has directed a full-scale investigation into the report that the *Save Mayowa Campaign* is a fraud.”
“Founder of Life stake foundation Ms Aramide Kasumu and two members of the ailing Mayowa Shukura Ahmed’s family, Mr Iwaloye Seun and Mrs Zaneen Ahmed were earlier today invited to the command’s headquarters on a fact-finding mission, subsequently the command have placed a red alert on the access bank account opened in the name of Mayowa as it has been frozen while effort is ongoing to contact the managers of “Gofundme” online account so as to ensure funds raised through that platform is not fraudulently diverted.
“Investigation will be extended to LUTH hospital Idi-Araba where the patient is currently undergoing treatment.”
The management of Lagos University Teaching Hospital has, however, denied referring the patient Mayowa Ahmed for treatment abroad.
They also denied being involved in any fundraising activity on behalf of the patient.
In its first official statement on the controversial case, the hospital said the patient’s family requested to fly her overseas barely 24 hours after her admission, thus stalling all planned investigations meant to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
LUTH said that 31-year-old Mayowa, who was an old patient at the hospital, was brought to their private wing on Monday with “a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass.”
“The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done from outside LUTH.
“Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.
“They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.”
LUTH said the hospital was able to transfuse Ms Ahmed with “much-needed” blood only after lots of persuasion, and after the family was told it was risky for her to travel by air, given her low blood count.
“Today (Thursday) is the third day after admission and a definitive diagnosis has not yet been made while the relations insist on their own to carry her abroad.”
“LUTH has only dealt with Miss Ahmed and her relations throughout her stay and not with any other third party. Contrary to any circulating information, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital did not refer Miss Ahmed overseas and this Institution is not involved with any fund-raising activity on her behalf.”