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Published On: Sun, Mar 31st, 2013

Again, Patience Jonathan Flown Abroad for Treatment

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Dame Patience Jonathan

Reports indicate that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan may have once again been flown abroad for treatment at an undisclosed German hospital.
The reports, which are yet to be confirmed, say that the health of the First Lady has relapsed, making it necessary for her to be taken abroad to receive fresh medical attention.
Mrs Jonathan was conspicuously absent at a Good Friday service held at the Aso Villa Chapel on Friday, even though her husband and her mother-in-law., Eunice were there.

Her last public appearance was when she received the Global Women Leader for Peace Award 2013 in France a few days ago, although some allege that the trip to France was a cover for her going for medical treatment while other sources say she returned to the country before embarking on a fresh trip.
According to a source in the Presidency, Mrs Jonathan did not embark on this current trip with her full entourage, unlike her trip to France.
When contacted on the telephone, her spokesman, Mr Ayo Osinlu confirmed that the First Lady was not in the country, but denied that she was on medical treatment.
He said that she was abroad attending to her foster mother who was ill, although he did not disclose the country the foster mother was receiving medical care.
But investigations by our correspondent showed that Mrs. Jonathan may be in Germany and is expected back in the country this week, although the exact day is not known.
An online news medium, SaharaReporters, had reported on Saturday that Mrs. Jonathan was sick again and was shuttling between Spain and Germany in search of treatment.
The report quoted a source as saying the First Lady was also contemplating receiving medical treatment from a United States hospital.
Mrs. Jonathan disappeared from the country for several weeks last year to attend to her failing health and her absence later became the source of a controversy.
During the period, both the Presidency and Osinlu denied that the First Lady was receiving treatment abroad for an undisclosed ailment.
Specifically, Osinlu said Mrs. Jonathan was vacating abroad after the rigour of hosting a conference of African First Ladies.
But during a special thanksgiving service held in her honour recently at the Aso Villa Chapel, the First Lady admitted that she was sick and “died” for a week.
The Herald

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