Mother alleges negligence caused daughter death at Chrisland School sports event
Blessing Adeniran, mother of the deceased described the sequence of incidents that resulted in Whitney, her daughter, passing away.
Blessing charged the School located in Victoria Garden City with negligence in a video where she sobbed uncontrollably.
She described how the school’s yearly sporting event would take place at Agege Stadium on February 9.
The mother claimed she was informed that her child had fallen after she was unable to locate her at any of the events taking place at the stadium.
“February 9 was their inter-house sport. Last year, I couldn’t go [on time]. My daughter was angry I didn’t watch her march pass. I couldn’t find my way to Agege stadium. This year, I went before the event started,” she said.
“I met the principal, admin officer, members of the PTA committee, and some parents. The march pass happened. When it started, the first, second, and third houses marched but I didn’t see my child. She’s in the Green House.
“So I thought she’s among the queen’s entourage. But those ones and all others marched and I didn’t see her. I called the school driver to ask if she was among those he brought to the stadium. He said he did bring her.
“I crossed to the other side. I saw some students and asked. I told them I was looking for Whitney Adeniran. They told me a girl, Whitney, just fainted and is being taken to the hospital on the school bus.”
Blessing said she ran after the bus out of control and ended up in a clinic adjacent to the Agege major mosque.
When the mother met up with the crew that had rushed Whitney there, she claimed that her daughter had already passed away.
She raised the red flag that the school lacked emergency response plans and that first aid wasn’t being given as a result.
“No ambulance, doctors, or medical personnel in a place where you have about 500 students and over 100 parents. I rushed in to meet Whitney’s corpse on her deathbed. This happened in less than 10 minutes,” the mother said.
“I saw the staffer who went with her. I asked the doctor what happened and she said it’s looks like a cardiac arrest. How does a 12-year-old have a cardiac arrest without any pre-existing medical condition?
“If she was sick with even so much as a headache, I wouldn’t have let her go for the sport. By the time I got there, my daughter’s lips and tongue had already turned black. I jacked her up onto my chest but got no response.
“What happened to my daughter? This is my first child. I’ve never had one before. She was taken to an immunisation centre, not even a hospital. My pain was that there was no proper first aid.
“When she came in, they said she was dead on arrival. I’ve been asking Chrisland what happened. Nobody is telling me anything. They were at my house on Thursday. I don’t want to open up my child for autopsy.”
This is not the first time Chrisland School Lagos will be involved in a messy situation, recall months ago the Lagos state government closed the School indefinitely over sex tape of a ten-year-old.