Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has said it would only release Mayowa Ahmed, an ovarian cancer patient, if her family signed a consent form.
Public Relations Officer of LUTH, Mr. Kenneth Otuneme, yesterday confirmed that the family had yet to sign a consent form for Mayowa’s release.
“Mayowa is still with us. If the family needs a referral letter, the managing consultant would decide on that,” he told Punch.
“If the managing consultant wants to issue a referral letter, he will. It is up to the family. I don’t know if the hospital plans to release Mayowa.
“As of Friday, I have not seen Mayowa Ahmed’s family. However, we won’t stop any family who wants to take their patient away; all they need to do is to sign a consent form.
“If a patient’s condition is critical and the family members decide to sign the consent form, stating that they no longer require her to be treated at LUTH, we will release the patient. This is the normal practice anywhere in the world.”