Mortuary Attendants Remove Eyes Of Dead Child In PH

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) mortuary attendants have been accused of removing the eyes of a dead child, an 18-month-old twin named Chuma, who died of anaemia in the hospital’s children’s ward on August 3, 2018.

The father of the dead child who had gone back to pay the mortuary bill two weeks later, discovered to his horror that the corpse they brought out for him had been mutilated and the UPTH mortuary attendants could not account for how, when or why the body parts got missing.

Speaking to Daily Sun, the father of the dead child said;
“Even while the baby was still breathing, one of the nurses had approached me and asked me to pay N30,000 to have the baby buried somewhere. That got me annoyed. From that moment, they became nonchalant, claiming they were waiting for the blood test until the child died.”

It was gathered that the couple travelled to Ughelli, where their families had encouraged them to bring the body home for burial.

“I went to the mortuary on September 17 to pay the bill and retrieve the corpse,” continued the distraught dad. “I had N20,000 with me. But after taking the money, the attendant informed me my total bill was N56,000. I requested to see the corpse of my baby. But to my surprise, when he brought out the baby’s corpse, the two eyes had been removed.”

He added that he was prevented from taking pictures of the corpse.