Hospital threatens to abandon sick Nollywood actor, Victor Olaotan

The hospital handling the treatment of veteran actor and former Tinsel’ star, Victor Olaotan, popularly known as Big Daddy has threatened to stop his treatment and dump him at the Nigerian Embassy over unpaid hospital bills.

Olaotan who turned 69 on Wednesday, February 17, is still in a Turkey hospital battling with the effects of a traumatic brain injury he suffered after a ghastly car accident in October 2016.

His wife, Julia, has been relentlessly seeking support for him and some actors have also solicited for support on Olaotan’s behalf.

In 2019, billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Femi Otedola donated N30m to the actor.

Speaking to Punch Newspaper, Julia thanked Otedola and other well-meaning Nigerians that had supported, but stated that she still needed money to offset her husband’s hospital bills.

She said, “I need all the help I can get. I have been silent but now, I am drowning. Apart from Mr Otedola and a few other people who have supported me, I still need help. His monthly expenses are $7,500, excluding the caregiver’s salary and other things like feeding and toiletries.

“The money for his stem cell procedure is about $150,000. He has done the first procedure, and he needs to undergo the second one. I want to bring my husband back home. The last time I paid hospital bills was in March 2019.

“He has been receiving treatment without payment but the agency that helped with his medical travelling, Radmed, has been doing so much for us. They have been very humane because most of the hospital bills have been paid by them.

“However, my fear is that if another Nigerian needs the agency’s services, they might be reluctant because of their experience with us.

“I am just hoping that somebody out there would have compassion. But, I don’t want to appear like an ingrate because Nigerians have given support and everyone has their cross to carry.”

Julia, who hasn’t seen her husband physically since May 2019, said that she often spoke with him via video calls, and whenever they spoke, she could see that he was ‘fighting for his life.

She said, “He is improving, especially when it comes to recognising people. Also, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to visit him.

“I owe the hospital so much money that my travelling to see him without paying outstanding bills would not be good. Because of the debt, the hospital has cut down on some of his treatments such as physiotherapy, although they still give him basic treatments. They managed him very well, and he has even received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“They have called me several times about my debt and even threatened to dump him at the Nigerian Embassy and report me there too. They feel I have absconded because they have not seen me.

“We have not been able to start the second treatment after the one that Otedola graciously paid for. I have not been able to raise the $70,000 that is needed,” she added.

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Nollywood actress Mide Martins reacts to allegation she abandoned brother – P.M. News

Late Funmi Martins, Mide and Sir Shina Peters

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Nollywood actress Mide Martins has reacted to an allegation that she abandoned her brother Oluwadamilare whom her mum Funmi Martins had for Afro juju star Sir Shina Peters.

A blog had reported that the Nollywood star  Mide and Peters had abandoned Damilare, who is now 19 years old.

The 41-year-old actress in an Instagram post narrated her own side of the story, adding that it’s a family matter which shouldn’t have come out on social media.

She also offered to take care of her brother which she was denied access to in the past.

“Hello Everyone! My name is MIDE MARTINS. I’ll like to tell little part of my own side of the story. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed greatly to the ongoing issue and also apologize sincerely to everyone that I might have hurt or disappointed in anyway I am deeply sorry from the depth of my heart.

“I didn’t want to say anything about this all the while because I believe it’s a family issue which should rather be settled amicably between ourselves rather than being dragged on social media. Anyone who knows me very well would know that I am a private person,” she wrote.

She also added that she had tried to take custody of Damilare but was denied.

“I had requested custody of my brother damilare several times even before grandma died but was denied. Damilare is my blood brother It is not possible for me to neglect him but there’s much more to this story than you all know which I’m sorry I will not go into details because it’s a family matter.

“However, I just want to ask for a favor!! Can Damilare be finally released to me? Can I have my brother Damilare? I promise to take good care of him in my own little way may God help me so. Thank you everyone!! God bless every family out there!,” she wrote.

Shina Peters had earlier reacted to the story and also said he will be responsible for Oluwadamilare.

“I would like to thank all Nigerians in the Diaspora. I will be turning 64, so I should know the right thing to do. On the issue of Oluwadamilare, from the beginning, there were a lot of controversies, but as an elderly person, I don’t want to discuss that. I have put it behind me. My concern now is how we are going to take good care of Damilare.

“In the past, I had sent my driver to Abeokuta Ogun State) several times but they did not allow my driver to see him. When Damilare’s guardian, Baba Deji, called me, I was not in the country. I told him I would call him when I got back. In the process of waiting for me, this story came out,” he said.

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