It was double tragedy for a family in Kpakiama in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State as a woman, Dorcas Odi dies two days after her husband was buried.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that Dorcas was hale and hearty, until after the burial of her husband, Jeremiah Odi, who died in the early hours of Friday, December 25, 2020 and was buried on Saturday, February 13, 2021.
A family member, Vita Odi, said “Jeremiah Odi, a traditional medicine practitioner, aged 61, was taken to the hospital in Ughelli when he fell sick. He had issues bordering on ruptured intestines and underwent surgical operation. He was recuperating but unfortunately passed on in the early hours of Christmas day last year, after three weeks of undergoing the operation”.
According to family sources, “Dorcas was fine and in good health while the burial of her husband, Jeremiah lasted. It wasn’t until the next day, Sunday, February 14, that she became sick and was rushed to the hospital”.
Dorcas was taken to Bomadi, the council headquarters and adjourning town to Kpakiama but the hospital authorities said they could not handle the case and asked the family members to take her elsewhere to seek better medical attention.
She was therefore taken to Ughelli from where again, she was given a referral to another health facility in Oghara. Surprisingly too, at Oghara, the authorities said they could not treat her and the family took her back home to Kpakiama, ostensibly to seek traditional solution to her condition.
Sources said she must have given up the ghost between midnight of Sunday and the early hours of Monday, February 15, 2021 because family members met her dead in the morning when they went to her room to check on her.
The death of Dorcas, two days after her husband’s burial is a bit too much for the Odi family.
“Losing a family member is painful, how much more losing two family members in close succession? This is like double tragedy. What are we to say to this? The pain is unbearable”, said a sympathising native.
Asked what could be the cause of her mother’s death, daughter of the deceased couple, Finine Odi said “I don’t know what to say. I am short of words. She was not sick. She only fell sick after our dad was buried. It must have been the shock of losing her husband, whom she was very close to”.
When Nigerdeltaconnect sought to know if there was any medical explanation for such death of couples, a private, Yenagoa-based medical practitioner, Dr. Appeal Adonkie said, “someone who loses a close person may suffer serious depression and this can lead to death. Sometimes, over-thinking, may also lead to death, especially if the two people are close to each other”.
Dr. Adonkie went on to tell our reporter that a very close friend of his late father died in a similar manner as the friend slumped and died when the man got home after attending the burial ceremony of his (Adonkie’s) father.
There are a few cases of couples who died in close succession. Hazel Rotimi, wife of Prof. Ola Rotimi, a playwright and lecturer at University of Port Harcourt then, died only a few weeks after her husband’s death.
Prof. Zulu Sofola, a playwright and lecturer at the University of Ilorin then, died on September 5, 1995, about six months after her husband, Adeyemi Sofola passed on.
And closer home, the wife of a prominent Chief from Sagbama Local Government Area was said to have died just three days after she lost her husband.