[VIDEO] Another medical mishap; Kitale woman risks arm amputation after backdoor surgery flops
6 months ago, 13 Mar 18:37
A woman at the Kitale County Referral Hospital risks arm amputation after a foreign object was left inside her arm during a minor operation. Phena Kwamboka a mother of two is among hundreds of locals whom out of ignorance fall prey to unscrupulous medics at the facility who defraud them cash in backdoors. It all started on 22 February when Kwamboka and the husband Lambat Wekulo from Lukhuna village arrived at the facility seeking the removal of an implant for family planning known as Jadelle. Wekulo and the wife had been directed to a specific ‘doctor' at the hospital by an attendant at a Chemist that borders the hospital. “We thought they offer the services at the chemist but after inquiring, the attendant at the Chemist gave us a doctor's number and told us he deals with such cases and that we will be assisted,” Wekulo told the Star. After contacting the said doctor he told them to meet him at the hospital's laboratory. “We met him and he told us that the matter is small, he will handle it but we had to first give him Sh4000,” Wekulo said. Since the couple had no money at the moment, ‘doctor' Victor Wafula asked them to go look for the cash first before he attends to them. The Star established later that the said doctor is a nurse at the facility. After two days Wekulo called the doctor informing him that they had only managed to get Sh2000. He accepted and asked them to go back to the hospital the following day. They went back to the same doctor and he conducted the operation at the minor theatre. Normally the procedure is done at the Mother-Child Healthcare (MCH) department and the charges are Sh250. Seated in a bed at a surgical ward Kwamboka writhing in pain explained to the star how the operation was conducted; “I was injected on the arm, and immediately he cut the flesh with some scissors to remove the implant, the pain was unbearable, I screamed and told him it was too painful, but he asked me to shut up and allow him to do his thing,” she said. “Before the implant was removed, I was bleeding profusely, blood gushed out of my arm, I was worried, and so he could not continue with the procedure, he placed a cotton like thing to stop the bleeding, at some point he left me and went outside to make a call,” she narrated. When Wafula came back after a call, he stitched the arm with the cotton inside, and asked them to return to the hospital after a week. “I have created a way in your arm where I will follow it to remove the implant when you come next Friday, “ they were told by the doctor. At the moment, Kwambokas arm had swollen, four times the normal size. They left for home, but they did not reach, as Kwambokas pain was enormously increasing. Some women at the bus ...
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