Parents insist on autopsy over daughter’s death in Akwa-Ibom
The parents of Miss Edima Ini Umoh, the Full Life Academy final year student, who died in a mysterious circumstance have demanded full disclosure of events leading to the unnecessary and unfortunate death of their daughter and possibly, an autopsy to ascertain the cause of the death.
Tribune Online reports that Miss Edima Ini Umoh, a 15 years old final year student of Full Life Academy, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who was currently writing her West African Examination Council, (WAEC), reportedly died in her sleep Friday last week, at about 4 pm, after complaining of headache.
In a letter through their lawyer, Edikan Lawrence, Esq, titled “Demand for Full Disclosure of Events Leading to the Death of Miss Edima Ini Umoh” expressed sadness that the school authority was yet to furnish them with a detailed account of what led to their daughter’s death.
The letter which was copied to the commissioner of Education in the state and the commissioner of police, reads in part ” the saddest part of the story is that up till this moment, the authority has not been able to give a full and detailed account of what transpired within the school that culminated into a regrettable, untimely, painful and unfortunate loss”
“Predicated on the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction ( and indeed that of the entire Richard Essien Umoh family) to demand a full disclosure and formal statement of all events, including the minutest details, leading to the death of Miss Edima Ini Umoh, addressed to the family through our office within 48 hours of the service of this letter.
“Take note that where you fail or refuse to act in terms of this demand within the time stated above, we have our client’s instruction to resort to other legal measures to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done in this case and this will be without further recourse to you”
On their part, the management of Full Life Academy, located along Airport Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has cleared the air on the circumstances surrounding the death of Miss Edima.
Narrating the incident to some journalists in her office on Wednesday, the Principal of the Academy, Mrs Aniefonteabasi Victor-Williams, said she was ministering in a church when her attention was drawn to the situation.
“We are fully aware of the demise of our student, Edima Ini Umoh, she was in SS3, currently writing her final exams. She has been in this school from creche, and the only pioneer student remaining to graduate before the sad event took place.
“Everything happened quickly because, by the time I was called, I was already ministering in a Church outside of Uyo.
“Shortly before we left school, she was healthy, we even sent her to call us another student from the hostel, we were told that she earlier complained of headache and the nurse gave her Paracetamol, during lunchtime, 2:30 pm and she was fine.
“She went to eat and even requested more because here, we run a very homely facility here, if a child is not satisfied, she has the right to get more meals.
“At the time I and the day-students left the school, the Matron said that Edima complained again that she was having headache, the nurse wanted to initiate a Malaria treatment “Coaterm” so that the headache does not result in fever, but she rejected, saying that she prefers her mother to come to the school with “Amathem” drug.
“She asked the Matron to call her mother which she did immediately, she spoke with her mother and asked the mother to come to the school with Amathem and pepper soup.
“She also asked that the mother should pray for her three times but the mother felt like the daughter was over-panicking and kept responding that she should calm down, that she will bring everything she mentioned.
“Shortly after speaking with her mother, she became calm and asked the hostel parents and hostel prefect who were there to allow her rest and they felt it was proper to let her rest, the hostel parents assigned the school senior prefect who is her classmate to stay with her.
“When we asked the head girl, she responded that Edima was calm and she has slept, so she left her room to also sleep upstairs, not long after she started snoring, being that they know her not to be snoring while sleeping, another classmate came to ask who was snoring, and when her name was mentioned, she allowed her to rest because of her health.
“The hostel parents came back to check those on Prep if they were reading, this was when they saw a white substance mixed with blood coming out of Edima’s nose, that was when they raised the alarm and there was panic everywhere, by the time they carried her out of the bed, she had messed herself up, they clean her up and the nurse tried resuscitating her until the Doctor arrived, we affiliate with Premier Clinic, my boss and every other school’s leaders were called and they all ran down to the school immediately, I met them at the Premier clinic, where the girl was on oxygen, and we prayed, hoping she will respond.
“We also reach out to Jeconiah Specialist Hospitals, the consultant said we should bring her, it was when we got there that she was confirmed death.”
Asked whether the student had a history of any underlying health issues, the Principal said “The mother never told us, what we observed is that earlier this year she had headache that made her abstain from school for two weeks which resulted to her wearing glasses, but then she was a day student, so the mother told the school that it was optical issues that sponsored the migraine headache that it calm after she was given the glasses”.
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