Nyahururu county referral hospital on spot over negligence
02 September 2016, 18:05
Nairobi - A family from Kwa Kihara village, Subukia sub county in Nakuru county is seeking justice after a 25-year old woman was un-procedurally discharged from the Nyahururu County referral hospital in Laikipia county.
According to Joram Gakuo, the woman's husband, his wife Caroline Chelagat was forcefully ejected from the hospital by the hospital officials after undergoing a series of four operations in a span of four months at the hospital in a case of negligence.
Mr Gakuo said that his wife was taken to the hospital on June 23, this year where she was admitted before she gave birth through a Caeserian Section but the doctors at the hospital mistakenly left a piece of cotton wool and gloves inside her womb.
"Few minutes after delivery, she was taken back to the theater and on enquiring them what was going on, a nurse informed me that the doctors who were operating her had forgotten some items inside her womb that had to be removed," said the 27-year-old man.
After two weeks, she was discharged from the hospital, but after few days the mother of two children, would develop complication and her condition worsen.
She was taken to the hospital for an X-ray examinations and it was discovered that she had developed serious infections in her womb. Gakuo noted that his wife was later admitted at the hospital where another surgery was conducted on her and her Uterus was removed without even their knowledge.
"We only learned later that the doctors removed her uterus without our knowledge and consent. She was kept under medications and was given some drugs but her condition would not stop worsening," he said.
He added that a forth operation was conducted on her, but at the same time her child passed away while the woman was still in hospital.
Gakuo said that following the series of operations the hospital bill raised to a tune of Sh 63,000 and because they could not afford to pay the bill a Harambee was conducted on August 27, where only Sh 30,000 was raised.
The family pleaded with the hospital to take a title deed as a surety but the hospital administration said that it doesn't accept a title deed and the woman had to remain in the hospital.
On Wednesday evening, the woman was forcefully ejected from the hospital by the Hospital's medical superintendent Dr Lawrence Kamande to avert media attention after the case attracted public outcry.
"Last evening, the medical superintendent came to the ward where my wife was admitted and ordered me to collect her belongings and take her out of the hospital. He did not even give me any explanation on why we had to leave the facility," he noted.
Gakuo lamented that the un-procedurally ejection of her wife from the hospital was unjustified as she was yet to recover and called on the government to intervene and ensure that justice is accorded to the family.
However, the medical superintendent, denied allegations that the woman was forcefully ejected from the hospital and accused the Family of 'politicizing' the issue.
"No one forced them to leave the hospital they have been politicizing the whole issue," he said
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