Unless a miracle happens, or the Federal Government urgently intervenes to fly Mrs Queeneth Owolabi abroad for treatment, she would have her toes and fingers amputated due to gangrene infection. Mrs Owolabi is one of the surviving cabin crew members on the ill-fated Associated Airlines plane that crashed in Lagos two weeks ago.
But for her husband’s resistance, the amputation would have been done yesterday at the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, base hospital in Ikeja, where she had been hospitalised since the crash. Mrs. Owolabi survived the crash alongside six others, although two of the survivors later died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.
Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the husband of the victim was making frantic efforts to reach the Federal Government for his wife to be flown abroad for treatment to stave off the amputation, especially as the government was said to be responsible for her treatment thus far.
National President of Nigerian Airlines Cabin Crew Association, NACCA, Mr. Charles Onuoha, who confirmed the development, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently come to the rescue of the crash victim. According to him, Owolabi’s 10 toes and the five fingers of the left hand have been marked for amputation because of the infection that had set in.
“We are calling for referral for overseas treatment, a post-trauma stress assessment and de-briefing for Mrs Quinneth Owolabi, and her colleague, Miss Toyin Samson, currently on admission at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Lagos.“We are appealing for government’s intervention because that is the only thing that can stop thisamputation.”