How UK doctor turned down Ekweremadu’s ‘organ-harvesting’ request

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A REPORT has emerged about how a consultant working in a government-owned hospital in the United Kingdom refused to remove a vital organ from a 15-year-old allegedly trafficked to London from the streets of Lagos by the former deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife.

According to Daily Mail, the doctor at the Royal Free in Camden became suspicious about whether the alleged victim was aware he was the donor of the kidney and whether he was 41 as his passport claimed.

Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice, 55, are accused of taking the homeless child to the UK from Nigeria to transplant his organs into their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.

The 15-year-old was alleged to have been given the passport of a 41-year-old in order to get into the UK but did not know he was there to donate a kidney until he went to a hospital appointment in London, a court heard yesterday.

After he arrived in the capital in February he had a string of medical appointments about kidney donation, but a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London, became concerned about the boy’s real age and if he knew he was there to donate an organ, it is alleged.

Prosecutor Damla Ayas told Uxbridge Magistrates Court yesterday: “The victim was 15. In Nigeria, he was approached by both defendants. He was homeless on the streets of Lagos. They deceived him and promised him a better life in the UK. He was given a passport for a 41-year-old. The passport was illegally obtained by these defendants.

“He was provided with a medical travel visa saying the purpose of the travel was to provide medical treatment for the defendants’ daughter who was undergoing dialysis in relation to a number of health issues.

“It was premeditated, it was planned. Blood tests were obtained in Nigeria and he travelled to the UK in February this year.”

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