Leadership (Abuja)

7 September 2012

Nigeria: Patience Jonathan's Ailment Not Detected in Nigeria

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First Lady Patience Jonathan. “

More on-line reports on the health status of First Lady Patience Jonathan yesterday indicated that her ailment, appendicitis or inflammation of the appendix, was not accurately diagnosed by doctors who first examined and treated her before she was flown to the German hospital where she is now recuperating after surgery.

The reports according to Sahara Reporters, referred to the steady deterioration of her health even after being attended to by Aso Villa physicians when she returned from Dubai where she was said to have been treated for "food poisoning".

It will be recalled that a spokesperson of the Horst Schmidt Klinik in Germany told LEADERSHIP correspondent on phone that the first lady had undergone surgery to remove poison from her intestine after her appendix ruptured.

Medical sources attributed a ruptured appendix to delayed or incorrect diagnosis of appendicitis which manifests in steady worsening of the patient's condition and eventually peritonitis when the appendix ruptures and its contents spill into the intestines and the stomach.

This scenario tallies with the health condition of the first lady before she was evacuated to the German hospital.

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