By Chukwuebuka Nkachukwu
The mysterious death of a seven-month-old child on her mother’s back at Mbari Street, Owerri, Imo State, last week, has left the family and their neighbours in utter shock and disbelief.
According to sources, the mother, Mrs Bridget Obi, had on the fateful morning apparently for security reasons, wrapped her hale and hearty child on her back about 11 a.m. as she went to fetch water few blocks away from her residence.
But on her way back after collecting water, someone coming behind her asked her to adjust the child properly on her back as he noticed that the child’s head was dangling loosely and needed repositioning.
Mrs Obi said that as she attempted to reposition her child, she noticed that it was stiff and lifeless and that all her desperate efforts to revive him proved abortive. She then raised an alarm which attracted sympathizers who helped her rush the child to the hospital where the doctor declared him dead on arrival (DOA).
The bereaved woman said her husband was not in town, having travelled for business.
The man who first alerted Mrs. Obi on the state of her baby boy, Mr. Michael, told Christian Voice that the death was mysterious and unfortunate.