Be Ready for Jail-UK Court Tells 85-Year-Old Nigerian-Born Doctor

*Accused of Killing Woman During Procedure

Nigerian-born medical doctor, Isyaka Mamman, is about now getting ready to be sentenced by the Manchester Crown Court. Mamman, 85, is heading for jail for gross negligent manslaughter of a patient at the Royal Oldham Hospital, United Kingdom.

Manchester Evening News reports that in September 2018, Mamman attempted a “dangerous” procedure of taking a bone marrow sample from the woman’s sternum, after failing to obtain a sample from her hip in his first attempt. This is despite objections from Shahida Parveen, the patient and her husband.

Rather than heed the objection of both the patient and her husband, Mamman reportedly inserted the biopsy needle but missed the sternum ‘altogether’, causing a fatal puncture wound to the pericardium which encloses the heart. The result was that the mother of three reportedly lost consciousness immediately.
“He killed her! I told him to stop three times and he did not listen. He killed her,” her husband was reported running out of the room, shouting.

She was later pronounced dead same day.

Born in Okene, Kogi state, Mamman became qualified as a doctor in Nigeria in 1965. However, the incident is not the first the Nigerian born medical doctor, who has worked in the UK since 1991, is mired in controversy.

Three years before the bone marrow mishap, Mamman reportedly carried out the same procedure on a 64-year-old man who suffered a cardiac arrest the same day. Although he survived, he was left permanently disabled and suffering with mobility problems.

The court also heard that his “true age” is another subject of controversy given that Nigeria, at the time of his birth has no system of birth registration. Given the 1936 date of birth he gave in his medical training records, it would mean he was 21 when he began his medical training. By the same token, he would be 81 at the time of the fatal hospital incident.

For whatever reason, he later shaved off years from his age by adopting a 1941 date, a development that suggested he began his medical degree when he was 16 years old.

Yet while approaching the compulsory retirement age of 65 in 2001, he again shaved off additional years from his age, this time adopting another date of birth-October 1947 which would mean he started his degree course when he was 10 years of age.

Mamma was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council, GMC, in 2004 and suspended for 12 months for lying about his age.

He was later sacked by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where he worked at the time. But he was re-employed him in 2006 after being restored to the register by the GMC, who accepted his 1943 date of birth.
Mamman, who will be sentenced on Tuesday, has now accepted he was actually born in 1936. The presiding judge, reports say, has told him to “prepare” himself to spend time in jail.

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