The Medical Director of Excel Medical Centre, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, Dr Ejike Orji, and his wife, Dr Ifeayinwa Orji, were on Tuesday arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere for causing grievous bodily harm on a teenager, Somtochukwu Ezi-Ashi.

They were arraigned on three counts of causing grievous harm, recklessness and negligence. The couple, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It was gathered that the defendants on July 26, 2018, at their hospital fixed a Plaster of Paris cast too tightly on Ezi-Ashi’s leg, which allegedly caused him grievous harm.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim complained of discomfort and asked that the POP be relaxed, but the defendants allegedly refused, which resulted in the teenager becoming unconscious and he was subsequently rushed to the Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, where he was operated upon.

Our correspondent learnt that at the Reddington Hospital, it was discovered that the defendants sawed off the POP and allegedly damaged the muscles in the lower part of the boy’s leg, foot and toes with wide open sores that were at the initial stage of becoming “compartmentalised.”

According to the prosecutor, Babatunde Sunmonu, the victim underwent four major surgeries and following his critical condition, two orthopaedic surgeons from the United States of America extracted the dead muscles from the leg, adding that it was a major struggle to save the boy’s life as he had to be flown to the USA for further attention.

The offences were said to be contrary to Section 251 (1) (c) of the Criminal Code C17 Volume 3, Law of Lagos State, 2015. Following their plea, counsel to the defendants, K. C. Okho, informed the court of the bail application for his clients.

The presiding judge, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties. The judge ruled that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Justice Akintoye also held that the residential as well as office addresses of the sureties must be verified by the court’s Deputy Registrar, Admin, and approval given by same.

The judge gave the defendants till Monday, June 3, to perfect their bail conditions, else they would be remanded in prison custody, adjourned the case till that date for further direction.

Source: Medical World Nigeria

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