Baby dies after doctor cuts oxygen supply over N43k bill


A doctor at the St Gregory Hospital situated in Kasoa, Ghana against ethical standards cut the oxygen supply to a sick nine-week-old because the child’s parents were not able to pay the GHS533 (about N43,281) bill, leading to the death of the infant.
The victim’s parents who shared their harrowing experience with Joy News said not even their desperate plea could make the doctor change his mind.
Hospital authorities have kept mum over the incident, insisting they were still investigation the allegation.

Later report suggested that the father of  the baby managed to rush to the health post with the money just two hours after the little patient died after a doctor had ordered that his oxygen supply be cut.
The little baby, Prosper Kwao was born on January 19, 2018, but fell ill and was taken to the hospital on March 5, where he passed three weeks later.
The baby's mother, Sefakor, said shortly after Prosper was delivered she realised he had difficulty breathing.
Sefakor added that he was taken for a test and after the results came back St Gregory Hospital expressed the need for him to be admitted, with the intention of transferring the case to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital subsequently.
The baby was given blood and kept on the oxygen machine because he could not breathe well.
However, when it became clear the family could not pay for the cost of treatment before the intended transfer to Korle Bu, the doctor decided to take a drastic decision.
"That Saturday, the Doctor came, he ask me that I hear from my husband [about the bills] I say I didn't hear. Then he removed the oxygen...it is too late," Sefakor managed in the little English she could speak.
The baby's father, Kennedy Kwao, said he chose the name 'Prosper' because he was hopeful that the boy will grow up to become a prosperous man.
That hope, however, has been curtailed.

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