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By: Ade Adeleke
The Ondo state government and the State Police Command have dismissed a report that a missing dead baby and the placenta have been reappeared inside the body of the dead mother, describing the report as a fake news.
Top officials of the government and the police told SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure that the situation of searching for the dead newborn baby and the placenta was still the same.
Confusion started when a dead baby with the placenta was declared missing, and there after said to have reappeared in the womb of the deceased woman.
It was reported how Mr. Femi Owonidahun, a policeman lost both his wife and child during childbirth at the Police Clinic, Akure.
The occasion that supposed to be a joyous moment for the Owonidahuns turned sad as his wife, Nike, a staff of a private insurance firm and the unborn child died in controversial circumstances at the clinic.
As if that was not enough, the child and placenta were declared missing at mortuary of the State Specialist Hospital in Akure, when the bereaved husband and family members came for the burial of the deceased.
Sources at the hospital who witnessed the drama at the hospital said the mortuary attendance had dressed the corpse of the woman and handed over a handbag which supposed to contain the baby and the placenta to the bereaved father for a decent burial.
The drama, however, ensued when the father on opening the handbag discovered that only rags were packaged in the nylon bag in the form of the dead baby and the placenta.
This development led to pandemonium as the family of the bereaved protested and held hospital management to ransom over the missing corpse of a baby and the placenta at the mortuary located inside the State hospital.
The corpse of the mother, Mrs. Nike Owonidaun, lifeless baby and placenta were deposited at the state’s hospital Mortuary where necessary records to that effect were documented.
However, husband of the deceased said it was a shocking experience for him and his family as the lifeless body of his late wife, baby and the placenta were found missing at the state specialist hospital Mortuary.
His words “After the death of my wife, I took the corpse, baby and placenta to the State Specialist Hospital. They took the record of the deceased at the mortuary. When we came to the mortuary to pick the corpses for burial, the mortuary attendant could not produce corpse of the baby and the placenta.
“After washing the corpse of my wife, they put her in the casket without the baby and the placenta. We now asked the mortuary attendance where the corpse of the baby and the placenta is?
“They asked me in turn if I want to see the corpses of my wife, baby, and placenta. They said am I not afraid of the ghost of the deaths? We insisted that we want to see remains of the baby because we cannot just leave him like that. We want to wrap him with a white cloth and give him a decent burial like his mother”, the bereaved husband said.
He lamented that “When we insisted, we now opened the casket only to find my wife only. It was at this point we raised alarm and staged a protest that they must produce both baby’s corpse and placenta”.
“The State Commissioner of Health came here, checked the record and confirmed that we brought the woman, her son, and placenta”.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro speaking on the latest development, said the dead newborn baby MD the placenta had not been found contrary to the said report and disclosed that the matter was being handled by the police.
Adegbenro said two mortuary attendants that were on duty when the corpses were brought had been arrested and handed over to the Police for further investigation.
He said they have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.
Adegbenro, said medically, it is not possible for a fetus that has been removed to return to the uterus without anybody bringing it back.
His words “it is not possible for the fetus to come back to the uterus on its own. The police are investigating it, they will tell us the outcome of their investigation. Maybe they will subject the woman to autopsy. These are issues that will come up along the line.”
The State Police Command which confirmed the incident said it had begun an investigation into the circumstance that surrounded the missing of a dead baby and the placenta at the morgue of the State Specialists Hospital, denying the report that the dead baby and the placenta had reappeared.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph said the hospital’s officials were being held for investigation.