FATE & FAITH (Part 7)

The hospital premises was in chaos. There were many people and so many cars. It was difficult to get through. There was much wailing and crying. The hospital authorities were careful about letting parents see the dead bodies of some of the children. One woman threw herself on the floor and rolled this way and that and shrieked. She didn’t care that her wrapper came off. It was a sad sight. Oyin was confident that Yemi was alive.
The Customer Service Desk didn’t have much information, so they had to enquire at the Nurses station. There were directed to a particular ward. The ward unknown to Oyin and Mama Funke was the ward where the dead boys were kept for identification before they would be taken to the mortuary.
With much doubt and trepidation, Oyin and Mama Funke opened the door to the ward. The attendant in the ward had had a busy morning, He led them without speaking to the first boy’s body, taking off the blood-soaked bedsheet so that they identify the boy they sought.3 boys after, Oyin saw Yemi’s forehead, and then his face. She held down tears and then began to scream. The attendant said very loudly that ‘crying was not allowed where dead bodies were. Mama Funke put her hand gently on Oyin’s shoulder to console her. Both of them stared at Yemi. Oyin quickly wiped her tears and then began to shake Yemi’s body. He had hit his head on something sharp and there was a big gash on the side of his head. She started screaming his name.
Oyin: Yemi, I am here. Get up! Wake up! Yemi!!
Mama Funke tried to pry her away.
Oyin: Leave me alone, I’m not going home without my Son! Yemi!! Mummy is here.
She shook his body violently
Oyin: Yemi!!! You cannot be gone. Never!! God, where are you? Did I not serve you? Yemi, I am here…
No response from Yemi. Oyin began to weep loudly.
The attendant walked back to his seat to await the next parents.
Oyin was now on the floor sobbing quietly and talking to herself. Mama Funke tried without success to pull her up.
After what seemed like 10 minutes later, Yemi’s body moved a little. Oyin saw it and sprung to her feet. He opened his eyes and then shut them. He was evidently very weak.
Oyin: I knew my son would not die! Lord Thank you for returning him to me! Doctor! Somebody help! My Son is alive!
She ran out to get help.
The Nurses came in quickly and took Yemi to the Emergency room. It looked as if he was bleeding profusely afresh and he looked very pale as if he was going to pass out. Oyin was informed that Yemi had lost a lot of blood and after they tested her blood and Yemi’s the blood groups didn’t match. She was told that he needed to buy a pint or two of blood. The hospital had run out. She would have to go Ijebu-Igbo the neighboring town, to buy blood as the blood bank in their town had also run out of blood. She was also told that she had roughly a 2-hour window to get the blood, failing which they might not be able to help Yemi.

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