Friday, 5 August 2016

Kate Henshaw and family clash over sick baby's treatment

Nollywood Icon Kate Henshaw is clashing over a good deed she did. Punch reports that she took up a case involving a sex worker named Mary.
Mary according to reports abandoned her child Micheal at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba. Kate Henshaw's attention was brought to the incidence through social media.

She was tagged on twitter sometime in March 2016 and she took interest in the child. She started helping to locate the child and mother which she did with the help of some people. She was able to get a bed space at LUTH for both mother and child.

 Afterwards she reported the case to Project Alert on Violence Against Women, a non governmental organization which involved the Lagos State government.According to her Mary initially disagreed to cooperate until she was threatened with arrest when she started displaying very bad behaviour.

Punch Metro reports that Michael, Mary's  last child, who she reportedly had for a Malian, was said to have been born with a cancerous growth in the face.
His mother was said to have been taking him on begging trips, during which some residents took their pictures until Kate was tagged and got involved.

After visiting her relatives in Irawo, Ikorodu, where it was discovered that she had three other children for different men. She left them in the care of her aged mother.”
The Nollywood actress said on June 9, 2016, Mary walked out of the hospital and left her baby behind.

Henshaw said she called the social welfare department and Mary’s family for a meeting where it was agreed that she should not be allowed to stay with the child again.
“As the meeting was going on, Mary appeared. She looked very dirty. The social welfare workers instructed that she shouldn’t be allowed into the ward,” she added.

She explained that after a series of medications, Michael was removed from LUTH due to a strike action which affected workers at the hospital.

Punch correspondent learnt that the child was taken to Project Alert where her grandmother started taking care of him.
Henshaw, however, said she regretted getting involved due to the distrust of Mary’s family over the care of the child and the management of the fund gathered for the baby, which she said was not in her care.

She said, “A little part of me regrets; even though the Bible says we should not be tired of doing good. The family is giving us problems; but we are committed to the health and medical care of Baby Michael.

She went on to say that with her experience, there is going to be a lethargic, tired attitude of celebrities when they are called to cases like this in the future. They may donate, but for someone like me to come out and say before the camera that ‘I, Kate Henshaw…’ It’s not happening again.”


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