Tragic Loss: Medical Professional Collapses After Allegedly Performing Nonstop 72-Hour Surgery – Details
In a heart-wrenching incident, a medical professional has tragically collapsed and passed away after allegedly undertaking an exhausting 72-hour surgery without taking breaks.
The medical community is left in shock and mourning over the loss of a dedicated individual who devoted their life to saving others.
Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has brought to light the challenging working conditions faced by medical professionals, as a doctor lost his life after reportedly performing a gruelling 72-hour surgery without a break at the neurosurgery unit.
The Association of Resident Doctors conveyed this distressing news in a letter dated September 19, addressed to LUTH’s chief medical director.
In the letter titled “An Appeal By The House Officers Of LUTH,” the resident doctors raised concerns about several issues, including bullying by senior colleagues, excessively long and stressful call hours without breaks, and the absence of adequate provisions for meals and suitable accommodations.
The letter revealed the tragic death of a co-house officer, Dr. Umoh Michael, who passed away on September 17, 2023. Dr. Michael had reportedly been on a 72-hour call in the Neurosurgery Unit.
Following this gruelling duty, he returned home on Sunday morning, preparing to attend church. Tragically, he collapsed in his place of worship, the United Evangelical Church, at around 11 a.m.
According to his roommate, Dr. Michael had barely slept in their apartment for the past week, often arriving home around 3 a.m. after surgeries and other demanding activities in the Neurosurgery Unit.
The resident doctors outlined various longstanding challenges they have faced since starting their horsemanship at the hospital.