Sunday Tsado, fondly called Sunny, was a young man who through his hard work, was a breadwinner for his family.
Sunny was a peaceful gentle man from a humble background who found happiness and fulfillment in his job, Photography. Sunny was unfortunately attacked and shot by armed robbers in his home, Lugbe in Abuja in the early hours of 2nd May, 2016.
He was immediately taken to the National Hospital, Abuja. He arrived at the hospital, bleeding and in severe pain at about 2.30am.
He was denied the required urgent medical care including blood transfusion to save his life. Even without initial assessment, his family and friends were told to provide blood for transfusion because there was none available.
However, while the struggle to ensure he gets the emergency medical attention was ongoing, Sunny’s other friends and well-wishers were trying to reach his elder brother who works as a security man at the same National Hospital. They were able to contact his brother at about 5.30am, when he immediately found his way to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital. The brother upon arrival, angrily cried out to the health workers asking if they knew the patient was his brother.
That was ONLY when two pints of blood were immediately released to be transfused to poor Sunny. Other forms of treatment were also started at the same time. Unfortunately, the golden opportunity Sunny had to be saved, was over. Sunny died at about 8.00am. Why is this case painful and disturbing?
Sunny, the breadwinner of his family was left unattended to at the accident and emergencies, until his people were able to reach his brother who works as a gateman at the same hospital. Sunny only received treatment from 5.30am, only because of the brother; 150 minutes later.
Is this the first of such cases? Unfortunately No, this is one of the commonest, unacceptable and unethical practices experienced by most Nigerians. Sunny would probably be alive if he were brought in an SUV or some exotic car.