A female Lagos-bound passenger, who was simply identified as Mama Tobi, has slumped and died at the Domestic flights wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
According to an eyewitness report by Felix Ashimole, a lawyer and also a passenger at the time, the woman slumped due to high blood pressure, and died moments later in his hands, after the emergency airport response of (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN)failed to respond promptly.
The lawyer wrote in a social media post, after the whole sad incident, to express his government’s disdain for the life of it’s citizens, saying;
“Where is the money they claim was sunk into renovating the airport into world standard? For 13 minutes, no FAAN medical personnel. She died in my hands and few others. A medical doctor on his way to Kano tried but as he finally said, “we lost her.
But she would’ve been saved, had FAAN provided basic insulin. She was diabetic. Her sugar went high; She entered coma; No medical attention; She saw the light and moved towards it. We kept calling her, Mama Tobi, Mama Tobi, don’t leave us, wake up, Good morning but saliva trickled down, foams bubbled and I knew she had seen a better place and wouldn’t be coming back!
“FAAN and the entire airline staff on ground were stupidly acting as if è no concern them. They kept announcing boarding and NEVER USED their speaker to ask if there is any medical personnel on ground. Finally they brought an ambulance from their fire fighting department, to take her corpse away! Good night Mummy Tobi. Your country and countrymen, failed you,”
It was learned that the corpse of the deceased was taken to the NAF Medical Centre at the airport. The spokesperson of FAAN, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, who confirmed the incident said it was not true that FAAN did not respond on time.
“Our doctors were there. We are not happy it happened. We regret it happened but God knows the best in every situation.”she said
She, however, expressed the condolence of FAAN to the family of the deceased and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.