No one wants to talk about death,yet we know every second we are alive,we are second away from death.
Let’s talk about this
When a patient is dying in a public verses a private hospital.
In most cases,we all have a story to tell, perhaps the experience we have had ,with our dying loved ones in either of the set up.
Jane had her mother in Public hospital suffering from Pneumonia.She narrates her story .
“My mother Mrs Anna ,65years old, started feeling unwell on Monday,1990 @2pm.That afternoon she called me asking if I could take her to the hospital.
Being a widow and coming from a lower class,we had not managed to register her for NHIF services.
I happened to take her to our nearest public hospital.Reaching the hospital,it took us atleast 12hours to secure a bed for admission because doctors had told me that she wasn’t quite well to go back home.
How lucky to secure the bed that faster,somehow.
We continued with care in the ward,
ON Thursday 6pm,my mother’s condition started deteriorating..she started having difficulty in breathing,Became restless
Called the nurse,she saw my mother gasping…took her vitals and told me she’s going to search for oxygen..
All I remember was her trying to make calls with operator, maintenance,and other departments asking for oxygen cylinders..
Luckily after one hour the cylinder was brought,
To my surprise,the oxygen prongs,masks were not available..took another half an hour to get one.
My mother was saved.
On Friday 8am,I looked at my mother and knew something was also not okay.I called for help
The doctor came,and told me mama had died..
Everything happening too fast,the white sheet was placed over her,and she was transferred to the next room awaiting mortuary..”
Mr John ,a professor in mathematics had his lovely wife Mrs linda admitted to a private hospital,
Mrs Linda was a long time patient at this hospital,they had acquired an insurance cover that took care of the medical bills.
Mrs Linda had undergone a surgery for breast reconstruction.
Three days after surgery,Mrs Linda started developing difficulty in breathing and sweating profusely..
The doctor was called in and she was started on oxygen therapy immediately..
Two days later,Mrs Linda started gasping for air,I saw the nurses call in all doctors
Everyone was there from the surgeon, anaesthetist,ward nurses ICU nurses,and residential doctors ..
They asked me to leave the room so they continue with resuscitation,30minutes of trying to revive my wife back was unsuccessful..
The Surgeon came out and gave me the news.That was my lowest moment.
Everyone left the room,looking frustrated, sweating and exhausted.Two nurses remained,told me how they would do the last office and that I had the one hour to call in family before they would move the body to mortuary..”
We all never know when we are gonna loose our loved ones.
Have you ever lost a loved one in the hospital?
Do you think they deserved better?
What did you learn from their death?