Details of how former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade, died in front of a hospital has been given by his colleague Ike Shorunmu, former Super Eagles goalkeeper.
Shorunmi said his colleague died right by the gate of the University College Hospital (UCH) gate in Ibadan.
Speaking to journalists on Saturday in Ibadan, Shorunmi said Babalade who suffered cardiac arrest and needed urgent treatment was denied admission by a private hospital before he was rushed to the UCH.
The defender however gave up the ghost at the UCH gate, leaving his family and friends distraught..
48, Babalade had been Team Manager for Shooting Stars Sports Club(3SC)
“The first hospital he was rushed to in Ibadan, he was rejected by the doctors and referred to the University College Hospital.
“But on his arrival at the UCH premises, he gave up the ghost at the gate . May his soul rest in peace, ” Shorumu said.
The matter has again, raised the issue of the rampant rejection of critical patients by hospitals for a range of reasons.
“I went to the mosque for Jumat service this (Friday ) afternoon, so I switched off my phone. Immediately I put it back on , I got a message from Ajibade’s inlaw that I needed to be at his place.
“So, I went with my wife, but on our arrival, the family broke the news to me. I’m very sad as we speak now. We spoke on Wednesday when he celebrated his son’s birthday .
“I was told he had cardiac arrest on Friday morning. I had to console his wife and kids who are based in America over the demise of their father,” he said.
The former Eagles keeper said that he was informed of Babalade’s death after the Jumat service, praying God grant his soul eternal rest.
As Nigerian football fans would be shocked by this demise, the issue of rejection of patients by hospital has again been brought to the front burner.
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