For the survivors of the Lekki Toll Gate shooting and their families, Tuesday, October 20, will remain etched in their memories for a long time. ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS returns to the hospital to see how those who were admitted are doing.
One of the survivors of the shooting that marred the #ENDSARS protest at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Meshack Esanibi, says that the bullets he received in his left leg have still not been extracted more than three weeks after the incident that almost left him took life.
On October 27, PUNCH HealthWise reported the story of Esanibi being rushed to General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, after allegedly soldiers recruited to disperse #ENDSARS protesters at the toll gate of Lekki will be shot in the left leg.
Security agents had fired on protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20, causing a number of victims yet to be determined.
The shooting incident had also sparked national and international protests, with the Lagos state and federal governments urged to unravel the identity of the shooters and who deployed them.
The bullet is still stuck in a limb
When PUNCH HealthWise checked him again in Ward B of the General Hospital, Esanibi sat on his sickbed.
Looking better than two weeks ago, Esanibi said she had been able to establish contact with a family member after her story was published.
The native of the Delta state, however, told our correspondent that he had been experiencing excruciating pain throughout his body, especially in the affected limb, noting that the discomfort he felt could be due to the fact that the bullet had not been extracted. of his leg.
“Since I was admitted after the shooting incident at the Lekki tollbooth, the bullet has not been eliminated. It’s still on my leg.
“I don’t even know if the bullet was the cause of the intense pain I’m feeling. But a doctor told me that they would soon take me back to the operating room.
“They didn’t even give me the results of the X-ray they did on my leg. But I observe that the doctors have it on their phone from where they evaluate it from time to time, “he said.
Continuing, Esanibi said that he had not started using his leg. However, he said his gunshot wounds are being treated regularly.
No blood, no surgery
In a text message to our correspondent, the hospital’s medical director, Dr. Ismail Ganikale, said that Esanibi desperately needs blood for surgery.
“You need family or friends to donate blood. Blood is not for sale; someone has to donate for him.
“The arrangements that are being made for the blood should be fruitful soon,” Ganikale said in the message.
Esanibi told our correspondent that he urgently needed blood donors before his surgery could be carried out.
“I have been told that the only thing delaying my surgery is blood. One of the doctors explained that I lost too much blood as a result of the gunshot wound I suffered and that I would need at least two pints of blood.
“As a result, I sent for my sister to be tested, but she was rejected. They told me she didn’t seem fit to donate blood.
“Even the medical director visited me two days ago and expressed his concern about my case. He said that the hospital had tried to obtain the blood but did not see any, ”he lamented.
As he spoke, the affected limb that was covered with new bandages continued to throb.
Esanibi explained that although the wound appeared to have healed, he was told to avoid putting it under pressure.
“They told me the surgery would have been done and the bullets would have been removed two weeks ago if those two pints of blood had been available.
“But the doctors have assured me that I have nothing to fear from the danger of having a bullet in my body.
“They said there are still some people moving around today with bullets lodged somewhere in their respective system,” he said.
Lamenting her situation, Esanibi said: “Honestly, I have no one to contact at this time because all of my relatives, including my only surviving brother, Jonathan, are currently in Delta State.
“I can’t even contact a couple of friends I know for help as a result of the wallet and phone that I lost during the Lekki toll shooting.
“After spending a month in this sickbed, I’m tired and I just want to go.”
Source: – Punch ng