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Nigerian Woman, Her Baby Allegedly Detained in an Indian Hospital Since Sept 2015 Over Unpaid Medical Bills


“Back home, several women undergo a Caesarean Section end up dead. Friends suggested I travel to India as the country has fantastic medical facilities. I didn’t know that I would have the worst experience here,” she said.

Benita is Ernima’s fifth child, and anticipating complications during the pregnancy, she and her husband got in touch with the Wockhardt management, which helped Erinma secure a medical visa. She was admitted on September 15, and has been confined to the hospital’s room no. 1124, she alleged.

“Around a month after the surgery, I asked the doctor whether I was fit for discharge, to which she said yes. I began to make plans for our return to Nigeria when the management told me I could not be discharged as I hadn’t cleared
the dues. I told them that we had already paid $3,000 (around Rs 1.89 lakh), and promised to stay in the city till we paid our dues. But they did not discharge me and my baby and I have been living in this room, for which I am charged $180 a day,” she said.

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She claims that the hospital staffers are threatening her. “They would warn me that I will end up in jail and now I will see the ‘other’ side of India,” she said. “I am only allowed to take a stroll on the floor where my room is located. I am scared and worried, and my temperament is having a negative effect on my baby. Living in this room, I have lost
track of time,” she added.

Erinma’s husband contacted advocate Utkarsh Srivastava of Adjuva Legal. He told this newspaper from Nigeria.


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