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Sad: Indian doctors swapped kidney donated to me by my sister – Actor, Emma Ugolee

Actor, Emma Ugolee discusses complications experienced after Indian hospital swapped kidney donated to him by his sister.

Ugolee has come out to discuss complications that he got after a kidney transplant that he had in India where the doctors swapped the kidney donated to him from his sister for another kidney.

It was on Thursday when a twitter user named Tobi Marshal took to his twitter account to narrate an unfortunate incident where his mother had passed away at an Indian hospital due to negligence. He explains that last year, his mother was taken to India to be treated after she had been diagnosed with an illness that had been causing her back pains for years. He writes:

“Around June 2018, she was diagnosed with degenerative lumbar canal stenosis with instability and scoliosis at L4-5 &L3-4 at Vedic life care hospital, Lagos. (You see this hospital is an Indian hospital where they lure people to India to do outrageous surgeries and extort money from Nigerians) with known diabetes and hypertension before leaving Nigeria with a maximum budget of $10,000 from Manipal hospital in India.”

He went on to explain how the hospital kept demanding for money despite the fact that they had already paid the original price that they had agreed upon before they had made the journey to India. The hospital kept on missing vital information about her health and she kept on getting worse due to their negligence. Unfortunately, his mother passed away after experiencing multiple organ failures on April, 14th 2019.

Those that had read the story were very sympathetic to the ordeal that the young man and his mother had gone through at the India hospital. One of those was Emma Ugolee who had read the story and had a similar experience to share. While his own story did not result in death, it definitely caused a lot of complications for him. On his Instagram account, he wrote:

“Excitement fuelled my mind as my sister and I headed for India in 2012 for a kidney transplant. She was a perfect match for me and we were mighty glad about that. Adding to our joy was the fact that we were going to spend $30,000 for the entire surgery. About 10% what was needed for the same in America.

Google searches on the hospital’s records, all impressive, SUV airport pick up, intimidating hospital structures, 1st class treatment, all part of the packaged experience that would have the average Nigerian patient almost thanking Buddha for healthcare alien to his world.

The teeming Nigerian crowd at the lobby was like a pilgrimage for the sick. The multi-million dollar traffic from Nigeria is aided by hundreds of Indian marketing officials parading Nigerian hospitals in full collaboration with Nigerian doctors who get percentages in exchange for references.

6 weeks later, we are wheeled out of the surgery room. A test called the creatinine test used to tell that the kidney was doing great was never passed. My fears were allayed by the doctor who said it would take a while. So, we came home. Weeks later, the while never came. My doctor in Nigeria gets worried and orders a biopsy and a scan. The results to my ears in his words: ‘Emmanuel, there is no way in God’s green earth that this is your sister’s kidney inside you. Not with size and functionality.’ So, it was that my sister’s kidney was swapped during the surgery.

Made sense when the hospital among many others in India had to face a special committee investigating organ black market deals.

6 months later, my legs are all swollen as I lay on my back for my 1st restart session of dialysis. And so the horror hit the refresh button for me to re-live. My story is one out of hundreds of Indian trips gone wrong. I am blessed to be telling my story. Many of my friends cannot because they died.

I have no faith in Got. So this post is not even hoping for her to act. I am just hoping somehow, that the fallacy that India is salvation for the sick is changed. It is a big business with the traditional Indian corruption at the core of it. Life often the sacrifice paid. Treatment is secondary. Examples abound. Emma Ugolee.”

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Dolapo Akitoye

Dolapo is a freelance writer and aspiring screenwriter based in Lagos. She loves to humbly brag of her Journalism degree and her MBA because she earned it after all. She is an avid music listener and if you say anything negative about Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar or M.I. Abaga, she will definitely curse you out. She runs a blog that she has owned since she was 17 years old so you can easily find something embarrassing if you scroll down to the beginning. Her friends call her weird and crazy but they love her anyway.

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