Cameroon was thrown into a state of confusion and anger March 12 as its citizens witnessed a horrifying scene of a pregnant woman – Koutmate Monique who upon arrival at a public hospital Laquintinie in Douala was left unattended to following her inability to meet up financially which led to her death, however the twin babies in her belly were still alive and hitting, gasping for air.
In a bid to savage the situation, family members at the hospital pleaded with doctors on ground to remove the babies so they wouldn’t die too, but they refused and asked the woman’s family to take her to the morgue. Frustrated, the deceased’s niece (a trader), rushed to the nearby pharmacy and bought all surgery equipment and came right at the front of the maternity of the hospital and performed the operation, rescuing the lives of the twins from the womb of her dead aunt.”
“Unfortunately, the babies died hours later.”
Angered by the blunt refusal of the hospital to save the babies,protesters took to the streets and according to Cameroonian journalist Yanick Fonki Ndaley, at least one person was injured in the protest following plumes of teargas thrown. They are calling for justice on the unprecedented death of Koumate and her babies and the dismissal of some medics at the hospital, including the director, for gross neglect of the health of its citizens,” he added.
“An Internal investigation has been opened to the matter,” Ndaley wrote.
Really tragic indeed!