By Adenike Lucas
Yusuf Buhari will soon be discharged from hospital, the Presidency has announced.
In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, wrote that the doctors caring for the President’s only son believed that “his condition improved remarkably.”
The young Buhari, who graduated from the University of Surrey in 2016, suffered severe injury to his brain while ridding a power bike in Abuja last year.
On Wednesday, an online newspaper based in the United States, claimed that the President’s son “had remained largely unresponsive to treatment” and was to be “transferred to St. Josefs Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.”
However, doctors at the Cedarcrest Hospital, where Yusuf was rushed to after the accident, say he has been “transferred from intensive care to the ward.
“He has remained stable ever since and has continued to make remarkable progress. He is now ready to be discharged.”
Mr Adesina said: “His extremely speedy response to treatment so far is testimony to the world-class early care he has received here in Cedarcrest, Abuja.”
In the statement, Mr Adesina quotes a message from Felix Ogedegbe, the Medical Director at Cedarcrest, who thanked the President for trusting the team with his son.
“We are grateful to His Excellency, President Buhari and Her Excellency the First Lady Mrs. Aisha Buhari for the confidence in us and for allowing us to look after Yusuf,” Dr Ogedegbe wrote in the letter (pictured below).
“This show of confidence goes a long way to strengthen our collective belief in our resolve to offer world-class health care locally. We are extremely grateful to our entire hospital team for their dedication and hard work during this period.
“We are also grateful to the Honorable Minister of Health, the Honorable Minister of State for Health, and the eminent advisory team of specialists assembled by the Honorable Minister of Health who supported us in the course of looking after Yusuf. We are grateful to all Nigerians who prayed for Yusuf, his family and his carers. His response to treatment so far is clear testimony to answered prayers.
“We did note some very misleading reports about this incident making the rounds in some social media outlets. Most of them would not ordinarily need to be responded to. Suffice to say that there was only one person involved in this incident. No one else required treatment for this incident or its aftermath. Yusuf’s friend was not involved in the accident and did not sustain any injuries whatsoever.”
The medical team took the opportunity to refute claims that it had treated the President’s wife while Yusuf was in hospital.
“Her Excellency the First Lady was not at any time treated for shock and she was not admitted into Cedarcrest at any time.
“In addition, Cedarcrest Hospitals has remained open to other in-patients and out-patients and at no time were any patients denied access to the hospital.”