Metuh to undergo emergency surgery at National Hospital after court fall

Metuh to undergo emergency surgery at National Hospital after court fall

- Olisa Metuh is set to undergo an emergency surgery

- The surgery would be done at the National Hospital in Abuja

- Metuh was said to have been rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Trauma Center of the facility after he fell at the Federal High Court on Monday, May 21

A former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, is set to undergo an emergency surgery at the National Hospital in Abuja.

The emergency surgery, NAIJ.com gathered is a result of his fall at the Federal High Court on Monday, May 21.

Sources at the hospital said Metuh was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Trauma Center of the facility by some medical personnel and an ambulance crew from the court on Monday.

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A medical reports also seen by NAIJ.com said Metuh is suffering from spondylotic spine ailment - a degenerative disc disease which refers to the normal aging process to the disc or spine. The disease affects the spinal bones and joints rather than the discs of the spine, it can also cause lower back pain that can range from mild to severe cases.

Metuh set to undergo surgery at National Hospital after court fall (document)

The former spokesperson of the PDP had a spine disorder.

The medical report which was also forwarded to the court said Metuh sustained a head injury in the fall and had lost sensation in his lower limbs.

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The report said: "On examination, he was fully conscious with normal higher mental functions but unable to move both lower limbs. We recorded MRC grade 0-5 power in all the muscle groups in the lower limbs, brisk reflexes on both knees but normal reflexes on both ankles with equivocal Babinski. The lower spine and left hip tenderness made any movement difficult."

The source at the hospital said the National Hospital had in 2016 been referred Metuh to a London hospital for the surgery but is now slated to undergo the process following series of medical advice.

"The doctors have cautioned that further delay could result in complete paralysis and even fatality," the source said.

The source added that the situation seemed delicate because of the absence of post surgery management facilities required for patients.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Metuh had collapsed during a court session at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, May 21.

The former PDP spokesperson's fall prompted the judge presiding over his N400 million criminal case to stand down the matter.

On resuming hearing, Justice Okon Abang said Metuh fell on his own accord. He also denied that the court had asked any doctor to attend to the defendant after the fall.

“The court did not direct the doctor to attend to the defendant. I would not know the person that directed the doctor to see the defendant when I rose briefly upon hearing that the defendant fell down on his own," Abang said.

Justice Abang further approved an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to try the defendant in absentia.

It would be recalled that the court had on three occasions denied Metuh's application to seek medical treatment for his spine abroad. The court's ruling over his application to travel for medical help have however been appealed by Metuh.

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