On sunday 7th October 2018, at about 4am, my sister called again to check on her but her husband Paul’s phone was switched off and so was my sister’s(Gina).
She kept calling at intervals until she got him around 5am, but paul hadn’t left for the hospital, he said he wasn’t going till 6am.
Paul took her to the hospital later and treatment commenced, then he left and went to a “more important event”. He went for ADC presidential rally abi na Congress.
Several calls were put to him that morning to check on her but we were given the impression she was been taken care of. My sister even volunteered to travel to Abuja to look after her but he told her not to worry, that his brother was with her.
Because of the continuous “disturbance” like he tagged it, he turned off his phone and went straight home after the rally.
When Gina’s condition got worse and the hospital needed her to be transferred to National hospital for intensive care, Paul was out of reach as his phone was off, the doctor had to put on Gina’s phone and started calling people on her dialled list, at 2am of Monday 8th they got us, that was how we knew her condition was critical.
Your brother Henry Okpo and his pregnant wife were with her, they were practically living in her house. Yet they couldn’t help her.
You said so yourself that she was the one giving you hope, supporting you financially, morally and otherwise through the politics you joined, yet you chose politics over her.
At about 3am we were able to get a relative in Abuja, and she was at the hospital at about 5am. So they started processing the document for transfer, before they finished, paul arrived. So both of them took her to National hospital Abuja. She was then put on life oxygen as she couldn’t breathe on her own. The following day, we sent another person to go support my aunt that was taking care of her since it had become clear we couldn’t trust paul anymore.
News got to us that her kidneys were failing, it was such a shock because she had never complained of Urinary track problems before, the doctors say she hadn’t passed urine for days. This is the same person we were told peed on herself 2days before. Hmmm.
A dialysis was needed to be carried out on her but reasons best known to paul and the hospital( I say so cos we couldn’t reach the doctor treating her, we were told to ask the husband for any information we needed. I still don’t understand why) . Dialysis wasn’t done till 2days later when another of my sister and my brother visited the Hospital, it was like they needed serious push to take her case seriously.
After the dialysis she was moved to another intensive care unit. We weren’t allowed in until visiting hours or few times when we were called in. She had started passing urine by now and we were hopeful she would get better.
The following day, we were told all other organs were shutting down, heart, lungs,liver,kidney,bladder. I mean how is that even possible? Someone who had dialysis in about 24 hours and now all other organs were shutting down. Then she was put on life support.
You live in an apartment she pays for, eat the food she provides, drive her car, yet you refused to take her to the hospital.
Georgina Oluoma-Okpo lived her life for you. Yet you turned your back on her when she needed you the most.