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Helen Prest-Ajayi Cries Out

Former Miss Nigeria, Helen Prest-Ajayi has cried out to Nigerians about the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband, Dr. Tosin Ajayi, Managing Director of First Foundation Medical Centre, Lagos.

The ex-beauty queen, speaking through her lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), denied the allegations made against her by her husband’s children.

Owonikoko said; “This whole thing is not good for the memory of the deceased. A coroner’s inquest should not be abused. It should not be a theatre for infighting in the family. There are genuine cases that should go for coroner’s inquest, but if they are looking for public sympathy and are grandstanding, they should remember that the soul of the departed deserves rest and respect.”

“Sometime in March, Tosin had high blood pressure and his condition worsened at home. Tosin was taken to a hospital in Ikoyi, where he was diagnosed with a heart condition, and later suffered kidney failure.”

“The deceased was taken to the St Nicholas Hospital, then First Cardiologists on Victoria Island and back to St Nicholas Hospital, where he eventually died.”

“A cardiologist was invited to the house three days after Dr. Ajayi took ill and after running some tests, he concluded that he must be taken to a hospital. He was taken to a hospital in Ikoyi that Sunday and by the next morning, his condition got worse and Mrs Ajayi (Helen) started calling his associates and friends. About three or four friends responded and they suggested that he be taken to a hospital that could attend to him properly.”

“On Monday, he was admitted to the St Nicholas Hospital. That was on March 9. On getting there, they discovered that he needed a cardiologist. He was then referred to First Cardiologists, Victoria Island. He was on treatment for three days and when he stabilised, he was returned to St Nicholas.”

“He was there undergoing treatment, which included dialysis for kidney failure. He was there until April 26 by which time we were hoping he would be discharged and taken home. But that day, he passed away.”

“Helen’s relationship with Tosin spanned for more than 25 years and produced a daughter.”

“Helen was made to understand that Dr Ajayi had divorced his first wife, but this is not the time to be discussing such. Things like this will be addressed in the fullness of time.”

“They lived together for 25 years and no one, including the children, challenged their relationship all through when the man was alive. I think they should not let the old man’s memory be soiled.”

“Helen did not inform Tosin’s five children of their father’s illness because the deceased had categorically instructed her that his condition be kept a secret, Tosin did not want anyone coming to visit him during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“She took some documents from Tosin’s office shortly after his demise because she needed vital information such as his date of birth and other bio-data, which would be included in his death certificate.”

“One of the controversies was his age. So, she needed to consult documents. The documents she got revealed that he was actually 75 and not 68 as she had thought.”

“Helen did not prevent the children from seeing their father’s corpse in the mortuary, she was also hospitalised a day after Tosin passed away and immediately after she was discharged, she reached out to one of the children of the deceased, Mayowa.”

“Helen informed the children of their father’s death the day after he passed away.”

– Source: Punchng

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