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Nigerian woman held at Indian hospital with newborn baby

03 March 2016, 21:33

Abuja - A Nigerian national, along with her newborn baby, have allegedly being detained at an Indian hospital since September of last year due to a lack of funds.

Erinma Laurette Chamberlin and her child, Benita, have been confined to the 11th floor of Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai due to the mother not being able to settle her hospital bills after giving birth.

According to a Naij report, the woman has not stepped foot outside the hospital since giving birth via cesarean section, prompting her husband, Chamberlin Chiemela Ezeama (who is currently in Nigeria) to file a lawsuit against the facility.

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The hospital has since responded to the case, claiming that Chamberlin's visa has expired and that her bills have been escalating as a result of her extended stay.

In addition, officials at the hospital have claimed that the woman, along with her baby, were only allowed to occupy a room at the facility "on humanitarian grounds" since they could not get hold of her husband.

The hospital has since been said to have submitted complaints to the police, the foreign regional registration offices, the Nigerian High Commission, as well as the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, stating that no-one has barred the woman from leaving the hospital.

Read more at Naij

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