Man abandons wife in hospital over unpaid N500,000 bill

Ebonyi State Map
Ebonyi State Map

A mother of seven, Uzoamaka Onu, 39, has been abandoned by her husband at the New Mayor Hospital and Fertility Centre, Nkpor in Anambra over a bill of N520,000.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the woman had stayed in the hospital for four months following the non- payment of the bill.

Ms. Onu, a food vendor from Okpoto community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi, said that the husband had absconded and abandoned her to her fate.

She said she had lived in the hospital for four months and every attempt to reach her husband had failed.

“My husband stopped visiting the hospital after I successfully underwent a surgery on my right breast,” she said.

She said she did not blame her husband for absconding because he had suffered a lot since 2013 when signs of cancer started manifesting.

“My husband sells rat poison and cannot afford the money to pay the balance and I think that is why he has run away.

“I am appealing to good spirited Nigerians to come to my aid and help me to get back home.

“My problem started in 2013 when I started experiencing excruciating pain in my body, specifically in my lungs.

“I started visiting patent medicine stores for solution, but unfortunately that compounded my problems.

“However, it was on the advice of some friends and family members that I decided to visit General Hospital, Abakiliki where I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Ms. Onu said.

She said she had visited the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for solution.

Ms. Onu said that she also went to the New Mayor Hospital and Fertility Centre where she had a successful surgery, leading to outright removal of her right breast.

She said that N750,000 was the total amount by the hospital management for the surgery, with her family paying N230,000, leaving the outstanding balance.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Ben Ossai, confirmed the incident, describing Ms. Onu’s case as pathetic.

Mr. Ossai said that the woman’s right breast was in a deteriorating state and was emitting offensive odour due to the devastation the ailment had caused.

“We decided to perform a surgery on her to remove the affected breast,’’ he said.

Mr. Ossai said the patient underwent a successful surgery and had long been discharged pending when her family would pay the balance of her medical bill.

“But for four months now, her husband has not visited and we suspected he has absconded,’’ he said.


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  • Olori Magege

    Please send the bill to Bayo Onanuga to pay. At least he will know there is an economic crunch in Nigeria

    • Quantumspirit666

      YOURS is a very senseless response. YOU are an evil person.

  • Julius

    Jesus Christ, why holding somebody in the hospital because he/she cant pay the bill ? What kind of a country is this. Maybe mama piss will come to her rescue . She was going to use $15 million to pay her medical bill smdh !!.

    • Quantumspirit666

      YOU are very very SENSELESS and WICKED. I wish that is YOUR mother

  • Anthony

    This is pathetic, I wonder what the government is waiting for…

  • What a SAD story. This hospital must show humanity and let this woman go home. This hospital has violated the Hippocratic oath to provide selfless service and to save lives. Regardless of the state of the economy, this woman should be released.

    • Quantumspirit666

      YOU sound ill educated.