Alex Ekwueme Flown Abroad For Medical Treatment
Former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme was reportedly flown out of the country on Sunday morning for further medical attention.
It was learnt that doctors had adviced that Ekwueme. who has been hospitalised for about three weeks at Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu should not be moved abroad until his condition stabilises.
Sunday Punch reported that a white air ambulance, with registration number N605 AJ, which flew the elder statesman out of the country, departed the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, around 8:30 am.
The report said the air ambulance was waiting on the tarmac when Ekwueme was brought to the airport in a National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, SUV ambulance.
The destination of the flight was not clear as of the time of filing this report as sources in the Ekwueme family did not disclose the hospital, and in which country, the former Vice-President would be receiving treatment.
Sources at Memphys Hospital also refused to provide the information.
It was learnt that the air ambulance, which conveyed Ekwueme on the journey arrived at the airport on Saturday night.
The second republic Vice-President was accompanied on the trip by some family members, while others, who were reportedly at the airport to bid him farewell, left when the aircraft took off.
It would be recalled that Ekwueme was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu on October 28.
It was learnt that the elder statesman was in coma at the time he was admitted to the hospital.
Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10, is said to be suffering from a chest infection, according to a statement released by his family.
President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly approved the octogenarian’s treatment in an undisclosed foreign hospital.