Mohammed Fawehinmi, the first child of late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi has recounted the lone car accident in 2003 that confined him to wheelchair, saying he would have been able to walk but for the country’s poor medical facilities.
Recall that the 47-year-old chip off the old block 15 years ago was alone in his Mercedes Benz on his way to Ajao Estate, his residence, from Anthony where he was a lawyer in his father’s Chamber when the car somersaulted. He escaped death by a whisker but sustained serious injuries.
Mohammed recounted the accident to Punch blaming the poor state of Nigeria’s health facility for his disability and adding an N8,000 worth of medical product would have saved him from being a vegetable.
“The first hospital I was rushed to at Ajao Estate said they could not handle my case, so I was taken to Maryland Specialist Hospital where we were advised to go to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi. It was while I was there that my parents were informed that I had been involved in an accident. I was there for about two days before my father secured a visa and moved me to England for further treatment.
“I underwent several scans and examinations over there but the specialist surgeon said he didn’t see anything. I had to be operated upon. After the operation, the surgeon said I could have been walking the following week after the accident if not for the way I was handled at the hospital in Nigeria. He said the particular spot where the injury occurred should have been frozen with a special spray after the accident rather than being handled anyhow. That spray cost about N8,000 when converted to our local currency. It is so common abroad but up till now, many hospitals don’t even have it in Nigeria,” he told the paper.