A spokesperson for the Horst Schmidt Klinik in Wiesbaden, Germany has revealed that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was in a bad state of health when she arrived at the hospital last week.
hospital’s official, who confirmed that initial records showed that Mrs.
Patience Jonathan had earlier been treated for food poisoning in
Nigeria before being brought to the Horst Schmidt Klinik, however, said
she was responding to treatment after she had undergone a major surgery
for a ruptured appendix to remove the poisons in her intestine.
an eight-minute telephone chat yesterday through telephone number
+49611433436, a senior consultant of the hospital who spoke on condition
of anonymity, said Mrs. Jonathan was brought to the hospital early last
week after the management of the hospital had been contacted and
briefed on the deteriorating health condition of the first lady.
said that Mrs. Jonathan was getting better but added that the hospital
management would ensure that she was fully fit before she would be
allowed to go back to Nigeria.
When we demanded further details,
the hospital official said it was improper and unethical for her to make
such details available to a third party, ending the call and refusing
to pick up subsequent calls.
A reliable source in Aso Rock told
us that the decision to take the First Lady to Germany for better
treatment was borne out of the fact that her medical aides in Nigeria
complained that they could not get accurate diagnosis as a result of
insufficient medical facilities in the country.
Twelve days after
she left the country, her Media Assistant, Ayo Osinlu, yesterday said
there is no definite date yet for her return.
In a telephone
conversation yesterday, Osinlu insisted that Mrs Jonathan is on a
foreign trip to take a well deserved rest. "I can tell you
authoritatively that the First Lady was not lifted by any air ambulance
to anywhere, all those things are lies.
"Nobody is going to put a gun on my head and force me to talk when I have no fresh information," he said.
when the First Lady will return, he retorted: "I don't know. I don't
have any information on that. You don't expect me to call her and ask
her when are you returning, is she my mate? Ours is to ensure everything
is in order to receive her once her return is made known to us. I do
not have fresh information on that".
Osinlu had on Sunday laboured hard to justify Mrs Jonathan's sudden disappearance from the public.
“If you look at her itinerary in August, you will be wondering how she was able to accomplish that,” he told a national daily.