9-week-old baby dies after doctors cut oxygen supply over non-payment of bills

9-week-old baby dies after doctors cut oxygen supply over non-payment of bills

- A 9-week-old baby has died at the St. Gregory Hospital after doctors cut oxygen supply to him

- According to the boy's parents, the doctors cut the supply because they could not pay a bill of GHC 533

-The hospital's authorities are yet to comment on the development

The parents of a nine-week-old baby have narrated the sad circumstances under which they lost their son at the St Gregory Hospital at Kasoa in the Central Region.

According to the bereaved parents, their baby boy died because they could not afford the cost of helping him breathe through an oxygen machine.

Speaking in an interview on Joy News TV, the boy's parents revealed that a medical doctor on duty pulled the plug from the oxygen machine because they could not pay GHC533 to keep their son alive.

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The boy, Prosper, was born on January 19, 2018, fell sick and was taken to the hospital on March 5 and died three weeks later.

The baby's mother, Sefakor, disclosed that a few weeks after the baby was born she realised he was not breathing well.

She sent her son to the St. Gregory Hospital where Prosper was admitted after preliminary tests with the intention of transferring the case to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital later.

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The baby was given blood and kept on the oxygen machine because he could not breathe well.

However, when it became clear the family could not pay for the cost of treatment before the intended transfer to Korle-Bu, the doctor decided to take a drastic decision.

"That Saturday, the Doctor came, he ask me that I hear from my husband [about the bills] I say I didn't hear. Then he removed the oxygen...it is too late," Sefakor managed in the little English she could speak.

Hospital authorities are tight-lipped on the issue explaining they are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of the baby.

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