Akin-Bright, the boy whose small intestine is missing in Lagos, has died.
He died Tuesday evening, hours after the Lagos State House of Assembly’s speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and several members paid him a visit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, where he was undergoing treatment.
He was believed to have been transported to the Intensive Care Unit due to a health problem.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Lagos State House of Assembly urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Ministry of Health to provide funds for his foreign treatment.
While presiding over the day’s session, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa moved that Master Akin-Bright receive immediate treatment abroad.
Dr. Obasa and the House also demanded that the doctor from the private hospital Obitoks Medical Centre in the state’s Alimosho district, who performed the original surgery that resulted in the missing small intestine, be arrested immediately while investigations continue.
The Speaker’s decision came after the Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams, briefed the House on the findings of a five-man ad hoc committee formed to investigate the circumstances behind the boy’s intestine disappearance.
Hon. Adams stated in the preliminary report that members of the ad hoc committee visited the boy at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Tuesday.
Adams, who chairs the committee, stated that the full report would be presented soon and that the committee discovered some alarming revelations during its investigations.
“During our investigation, we made some shocking discoveries. The occurrence is uncommon, but we want the youngster to survive, and we know Mr. Speaker is concerned about his survival as well.
“We went to LASUTH on the Speaker’s, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa’s, directive to find out the health status of Adebola Akin-Bright.
“The hospital told us that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had taken care of the bill for his treatment at LASUTH.”
However, Adams stated that the hospital informed them that Akin-Bright needed to be relocated quickly to either the United States of America or the United Kingdom for an intestinal transplant and that communications with hospitals in both countries were ongoing.
Hon. Temitope Adewale, another committee member, stated that the patient’s condition was deteriorating and that immediate action was required.
“He is now receiving GMO nutrients, and there is an urgent need to transport him abroad.
“By establishing the committee, Mr. Speaker, you have given this boy a chance to survive,” he added.