By Doris Obinna
The management of a plastic clinic in Lagos, Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, has called for calm as the inquest into the death of its client, Christabel Gabriel, a beauty queen based in Port-Harcourt continues.
The call follows reports on social media that the late Miss Gabriel died during hip surgery in Lagos.
Consultant plastic surgeon, Dr. Ogbe Omoruyi of Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, while speaking with reporters, said he was open to the investigation and had nothing to hide.
He said representatives of relevant agencies had already visited the facility for in-depth information gathering, as planned with CCTV footage available.
“I have submitted myself to the Police, Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) and Lagos State Blood Services, for investigation as a law abiding citizen charged of the death of his client four days after his operation.
“Allow me once again to express my deepest condolences to the elderly parents, siblings, loved ones, friends and supporters of our late client. It is on a very sad note that I comment on the passing of our dear client, which occurred on May 31, 2022.”
Reiterating that the operation was a success, he said: “The same day after the operation, she was able to eat. And then she was able to walk, move around. The next day, she was able to go to the bathroom and toilet without assistance.
“While I will be careful not to reveal details of our client’s medical information and background, it has also become necessary for me to respond to some unfounded innuendo, misinformation and accusations circulating following her passing.
“It is unfortunate that while the family of the deceased is in mourning, some people persist in accusing me and casting doubts on my professional qualifications with regard to the treatment of my now deceased client.”
Sympathizing with all parties involved, Omoruyi said, “I urge the family of the deceased, my family and friends, and my professional colleagues to be patient while these investigations are carried out. I am sure that in the end I will be cleared of all charges in this matter.
“There is no doubt that the police investigations which have since begun are already revealing the truth as there is sufficient evidence, including CCTV footage and the statement of the only friend who visited my client on admission.”
“I don’t want to comment further on that at this time. I hope the police and my fellow professionals will do a thorough job and be discreet in their investigations, which include an autopsy and toxicology of all relevant samples. Medicine is a science, not sensationalism.
“The good Lord would prove me right and the true cause of death of my deceased beloved patient would be clearly established,” he added.