THE STORY OF STELLA
By Mike Egboh
Stella Iwuagwu is the founder and CEO of the Center for the Right to Health (CRH), www.crhonline.org non-profit organizations that has provided voice for the voiceless and hope for the hopeless. A nurse by profession, Stella had just completed course work for her PhD program at the Southern Illinois University in
On Tuesday the 18th of September 2007, Stella traveled to
On arrival at the emergency section of the National hospital, Stella was again transferred from the ambulance into the hospital stretcher without a backboard despite her repeated plea that her spine is broken. In the emergency room, the attending doctor focusing only on Stella’s head injury ordered a cervical collar, Xray and MRI of the head and cervical spine, ignoring Stella’s insistent complain of pain on her back that was radiating to her chest. Stella’s family rallied around to raise money for the X-ray and MRI. Stella was wheeled to the X-ray and MRI department by a hospital orderly and her relatives.
There are no Paramedics at the
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Drama
On getting to the ICU, Stella was completely ignored while the nurse yelled at the Orderly and Stella’s relative saying she did not have any bed space and was not expecting Stella. After several back and forth between the nurse and the emergency room via the phone, the nurse grudgingly made a bed for Stella in the ICU. Again Stella was transferred into her bed with no thoughts to her spine, while she screams in pain. The next morning