Why Ekweremadu did not seek kidney donor from family members

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A court in London heard that former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was advised by his doctor not to seek a kidney donor from among his family members.

Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu and Beatrice Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, are currently facing charges in the UK for allegedly luring a young man from Nigeria to harvest his organ for their ailing daughter, Sonia, who is also standing trial. The young man, a trader from Lagos, was promised £80,000 for donating a kidney to Sonia in a private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

However, the Ekweremadus turned to Turkey to search for an organ after the 21-year-old was rejected as unsuitable. Ekweremadu claimed he did not ask family members to donate because of advice from his non-nephrologist brother and Dr Obeta, who was not a nephrologist.

Prosecutor Hugh Davies KC suggested that Ekweremadu could have asked a specialist instead of relying on second-hand accounts.

Ekweremadu denied agreeing to get a donor through agents and claimed that the prosecutor's claims were not factual. The trial continues.

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