Despite the claims by aero medical experts last Friday that Feyi Agagu, a survivor of the October 3, Lagos plane crash and son of the late governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, was responding well to treatment, he was yesterday flown abroad for better medical attention, we learnt.
Besides Feyi, another survivor of the air crash, simply identified as Akin, has also been transferred abroad for medical attention.
The two survivors, who were expected to travel have departed the country Tuesday night, could not make the trip because medical experts could not until yesterday clear Feyi for the almost five hours trip from Lagos.
Sources also revealed that another reason for the delay was the fact that the doctors attending to them could not get clearance from British Airways for the trip. It was learnt that they were initially billed to fly through an air ambulance but the option was said to have been dropped for a scheduled passenger flight because of the horrible experience the family had last Thursday.
Investigations revealed that the two survivors departed the country aboard a British Airway flight yesterday. About five or six medical experts accompanied the patients on the flight, while details of the family members on the trip remained very sketchy as at the press time.
The Director of Aero Medical Standard at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. (Mrs.) Teresa Bassey, in response to journalists’ enquiries on the state of health of Feyi and other survivors of the crash, had told the media on Friday that “Feyi Agagu was responding very well to treatment and was doing well and talking with friends and relations.” But reports later that day had it that doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), battled to save his life on Friday morning after a relapse. He was moved from the surgical emergency ward in LASUTH to the more comfortable Bola Ahmed Tinubu ward for a better chance of survival.
Feyi and Akin were said to have remained in the special intensive care until yesterday when they were prepared for the flight. Further investigations by our Reporters revealed that family members and associates of the late Agagu had requested that he and his brother-in-law, Akin, should be moved out of the country to where they would have access to better and more sophisticated medical treatment at Harvey Street Hospital, London. We were told was expected to have taken place on Tuesday but because of the unstable state of Feyi’s health, the flight was rescheduled till yesterday when he was moved to the Lagos airport at about 10 pm for the flight.
To avoid suspicion from the members of the public, family members on the flight were given VIP clearance and moved into the terminal at about 30 minutes to the departure time.