Report on the cause of death of Madam Esther Sosuh had been released by Management of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital popularly known as the Ridge Hospital.
Madam Sosuh wife of the Director of the Ghana Institute of Languages died on the evening of June 25 on what was alleged to be wrong prescription by a doctor whilst receiving treatment at the hospital.
Her death generated public outcry with most Ghanaians bemoaning on their experiences with nurses and doctors of the said facility calling on authorities to set up a committee to investigate the unfortunate incident.
However, a report from the facility expounded that, “the above-named patient (Esther Sosuh) was first seen at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (GARH) on the 9th of June 2020 where she reported with complaints of an anterior abdominal wall swelling.”
It further went on to reveal that after “a thorough assessment and examination, a diagnosis of a Reducible Epigastric Hernia was made. She was then worked up for surgery and made to do various investigations and subsequently referred to see the Anaesthesia team for review and clearance for surgery. She reported back on the 16th of June 2020, having been cleared by the anaesthesia team for surgery. She was then booked to have an elective hernia repair on 22nd June 2020 to be admitted the day before surgery.”
The hospital claimed that, the supposed surgery was successful and as such she was sent to the recovering room “where she spent 2 hours under strict monitoring. After spending 2 hours in the Recovery ward she was eventually transferred to the Surgical ward.”
According to the Ridge Hospital, “on arrival to the Surgical ward, her vital signs were checked and recorded and they were normal. The Patient was seen in the morning of Tuesday 23 rd June 2020 where she complained of pain at the incision site. She was examined and put on analgesia (pain relief)… She was encouraged to mobilize and to start feeding.”
The report then disclosed that “at around 5 pm on Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, the patient fell in the washroom whilst using the toilet and was assisted and examined by doctors and nurses on the ward and an Impression of Pulmonary embolism was formed. She was given SC clexane 80mg and put on TED stockings.”
After then, the report said she complained of restlessness, severe central chest pains and sweating which was on a Wednesday June,24.
After examination, “a chest Xray, Electrocardiography, D-Dimer, Troponins I and 2 were done and Physician Specialist was requested to review her.”
She was then put on medication after results from Eectrocardiography revealed Myocardi Infraction, the Hospital said.
The report then wind up that, “At 11:45 pm of 24th June, 2020 [the] patient suddenly became severely dyspneic and restless. The night doctors were called to see the patient who they assessed and commenced resuscitation immediately but was unsuccessful and the patient declared clinically dead at 12:10 am on Thursday, 25th June 2020.”