14-year-old girl dies from ‘condom infection’ in Nigeria

A 14-year-old pupil at a secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria passed away after she was allegedly abused sexually.

Vihimga Akpagher, the deceased’s mother, alleged that the pupil died from an infection after a condom was found in her private parts.

According to Vihimga, her late daughter had called her to complain about illness and requested that she should come and pick her from the school.

She explained that the school had initially asked her not to bother, assuring her that her daughter was doing fine.

Vihimga, however, said she had to pick the teenager from the school on June 19 after she insisted on going home.

She explained that on getting home, her daughter looked terribly ill and was taken to the hospital for treatment thereafter.

Vihimga said her daughter eventually died at the hospital after enduring trauma which made her slip into a coma.

The Senior Secondary School One Student (SS1) identified as Karen-Happuch Akpagher, is believed to have been sexually abused se×ually her mother, Mrs. Vihimga Akpagher, withdrew her from school on 19 June 2021, for treatment. Unfortunately, Karen died two days later at a hospital in Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

The distraught mother alleged that checks carried out by the medical doctor showed a condom was left in her private part while her urine also contained sperm.

Vihimga also claimed that the doctor revealed that the development had resulted in sepsis which eventually took her daughter’s life.

“But by the morning of Monday, June 21, 2021, I noticed that her condition had deteriorated and took her to hospital, and while examining her, the doctor saw a discharge, ran a test, and discovered that it was a condom that was left in her,” she was quoted as saying by PUNCH.

“They tested her urine and it contained sperm; and like that, infection and sepsis led to her death. I picked her up on June 19 and she died on June 21. She slipped into a coma and died. She was traumatised.”

But in a statement via its Facebook page, the institution dismissed the claim that the student left the school sick, noting that she was healthy.

The boarding school also called on the public to desist from peddling unverified claims on what led to the student’s death, adding that investigation is ongoing into the matter.

“Since the demise of the pupil, there have been speculations and unfounded statements concerning her death on social media, especially on WhatsApp,” it said.

Activists have lined up a protest rally for Karen

“We hereby inform the public that whatever message they have come across on social media is unfounded. As a school, we are committed to ascertaining the cause of her death because the life of every student at Premiere Academy matters.”

In a follow-up post, the school said it would release a “factual and composite” statement after police conclude an investigation into the matter.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, Stella Fawehinmi, the school’s lead director, said the investigation is essential to clarify the “misinformation flying around over the student’s death.”

According to Fawehinmi, the investigation would also unearth what happened to the student from the point she was admitted into the clinic till when she slipped into a coma and eventually died.

The director said the student was a diabetic patient, adding that the school had managed the condition for two and half years without any incident.

She also called out those attributing the student’s death to alleged rape, describing such as a calculated attempt to smear the school’s integrity.

The director claimed that what Grace Salami, the school’s matron, witnessed when she visited the student in the clinic in addition to “serious unanswered questions have convinced her that the clinic has some questions to answer.”

Salami, while addressing journalists, recalled how Akpagher had alerted her that the student, who spent the weekend with her family, was in crisis and being taken to the hospital.

The matron said although Akpagher informed her that the student was in a state of delirium, she was alarmed when she got to the hospital and was confronted with “frightening indicators.”

Buttressing her point, Salami claimed the student’s blood sugar that was 112 three days earlier when she left the school had risen to 423.

The matron also alleged that the hospital sedated the student despite her frightening blood sugar level.

She argued that the step taken by the hospital “had no professional medical precedence and has been known to lead to fatality.”

“The girl was in a coma already and was losing pulse,” she said.

The matron said she was told that the doctor at the hospital had retired for the day when she attempted to raise her concerns.

Salami also said she requested that they move the teenager to a better manned and equipped hospital but her mother declined the suggestion.

The school had earlier dismissed claims by the student’s mother that she was denied custody of her daughter when she was sick. – Punch/Cable News Nigeria

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