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Mater Hospital told to pay woman Sh2.4m for punctured uterus

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A woman who suffered a perforated uterus and intestine while undergoing treatment at a city hospital has been awarded Sh2.4 million as compensation for medical negligence.

Ms Betty Wakio won the Sh2,421,400 award against Mater Hospital in a verdict given by Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Muholi.

Ms Wakio had told the court she suffered a miscarriage before being admitted to the hospital. Mater had defended itself saying she had attempted to abort.

ATTEMPTED TO REPAIR

But, in his ruling, the magistrate dismissed the hospital’s claim, saying it had admitted having attempted to repair her perforated organs while treating her.

“The totality of the evidence adduced, therefore, leads me to conclude that the agents or employees of Mater Hospital handled Ms Wakio in a negligent manner,” ruled Mr Muholi.

Ms Wakio told the court that her troubles started when she was pregnant. She visited Kenyatta National Hospital on September 13, 2013, where a gynecologist advised her to go to Mater hospital.

At Mater, a scan showed that she had suffered a miscarriage. She was then admitted until September 18, 2013 while doctors tried to repair her uterus and intestine.

Three days after being discharged, she experienced pains and sought medical attention at Metropolitan Hospital. The pains were to recur on June 12, 2014, and she noticed some discharge.

Subsequent tests revealed a condition in her pelvis which required another surgery and visits to hospital.

Ms Wakio claimed that she has since developed fertility problems from her treatment at Mater Hospital and that the only way she can conceive is through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

REQUIRE FIFTH SURGERY

She also claimed that she has fistula and will require a fifth surgery. She blamed all the complications on the handling at Mater Hospital.

However, in its defence, Mater insisted that it had given her proper treatment all through the 13 times she visited the facility in 2013.

The hospital, nonetheless, admitted that complications arose when she underwent surgery at their facility and that her uterus was not perforated as a result of the pregnancy.

While awarding her the compensation, the magistrate said Ms Wakio had to undergo painful and inconvenient surgeries in an attempt to correct Mater Hospital’s negligence.

“From the evidence tendered by Ms Wakio and corroborated by a medical practitioner specialising in gynaecology and fertility issues, it is clear that the treatment accorded to her fell below the standard of a reasonable healthcare provider.”

Source: Nairobi News

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4 FGM victims taken to Embu safe house

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Four girls who underwent female genital mutilation in Gitugi Village, Embu County, have been discharged from hospital and taken to a safe house for psychosocial support.

They will join their three cousins, who were rescued as they were being prepared to undergo the cut, at the rescue centre.

RAMPANT

The cut was carried out by a retired nurse.

Nominated MCA Sicily Warue said they were monitoring the progress of the girls, who are aged between eight and 12 years.

Ms Warue said the County Assembly of Embu would soon enact an anti-Female Genital Mutilation law to stop the rampant cases of circumcision of schoolgirls.

MCAs who are members of the Gender, Culture, Children and Social Services Committee said the outlawed practice was still common in the county due to lack of a county law and stringent penalties for circumcisers.

BILL

Speaking after visiting the Embu Level Five Hospital, Ms Warue said the committee was drafting the legislation that would prescribe stiff penalties for traditional female circumcisers.

The nominated MCA said she would lobby all female MCAs to back the legislation.

Ms Warue said male MCAs had also pledged to ensure the bill, which is still in the draft stage, would sail through in the County Assembly.

Nominated MCA Elizabeth Kibai urged her counterparts to support the proposed legislation when it is tabled in the Assembly in order to save girls from further abuse.

CLERICS

FGM is practised with the full knowledge of religious leaders, she said.

Ms Kibai urged clerics to be at the forefront in speaking out against female circumcision in Embu.

Joan Kiema, the County Executive Committee member for Gender, Culture, Children and Social Services, supported the move to draft a legislation to curb FGM.

Dr Kiema said FGM had not been effectively eliminated in Embu County due to lack of proper mechanisms to hunt down and prosecute circumcisers.

By Nation Counties

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Suspect in death of Keroche heiress faults investigators

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Omar Lali, the boyfriend of the Keroche Breweries heiress Tecra Muigai, has questioned the pace of police investigations into the death of his lover.

Through his lawyer Yusuf Abubakar, Mr Lali accuses Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives of dragging their feet in the case.

He says the days the police sought from the court to conclude their inquiries were more than enough and they ought to have concluded their investigations.

The lawyer said that when the post-mortem results came out, prosecutors requested more days to conduct toxicology tests (an analysis of potential toxins), something that could have been done within the time they had been given by the court.

The court allowed prosecutors to hold Mr Lali for 21 days as they investigated the death. After the post-mortem exam, they asked the court for five morel days, but the court declined.

Mr Abubakar says the country has advanced technology that enables toxicology tests in a few days, “but they waited until the days they had been given lapsed and came to request … more days.”

The post-mortem exam conducted on May 12 at Nairobi’s Lee Funeral Home showed that the injuries were consistent with a fall down a staircase.

Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor, who led the procedure, said Tecra died of injuries she suffered on the left side of her head.

But the family is said to have termed the outcome inconclusive and demanded further analysis, which involves toxicology tests.

A police source told the Saturday Nation that the toxicology tests are to determine, among other things, whether Tecra could have been poisoned.

But Mr Abubakar said the delay in charging his client in court is deliberate. “The police are not doing independent investigations. There are three teams of officers doing investigations into a single case. Officers from the Coast could not be given the job; it had to be officers from Nairobi. This should tell you that something is cooking.”

The lawyer also said that police had not shared with the defence the post-mortem results. The police argued that giving the results to the defence would jeopardise investigations.

He said Mr Lali had cooperated with the police since the investigation started and should face a fair case.

The police say Mr Lali has a case to answer, with sources telling the Saturday Nation that they plan to charge him with murder.

The police insist that the suspect pushed Tecra to her death. There are reports that there was an argument between them before she fell, a claim that the lawyer has vehemently rejected.

Tecra is said to have fallen from the stairs in a private house in Shella on Lamu Island where she was staying with Mr Lali.

After falling, a source said, Tecra was taken to a local dispensary and later airlifted to Nairobi for treatment, but she succumbed to her injuries.

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Are you the lucky one? Check the results of 2021 Green Card lottery here now

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The results for the DV-2021 Green Card lottery (Diversity Visa) are available  here begining June 6th 2020.

If you registered for the lottery during the open registration period that ran between October 2nd, 2019 and November 5th, 2019, all you  need to have  is your confirmation number, last/family name, and birth year to find out if you have won.

The State Department, which runs the program, had initially announced the results would be available starting on May 5, 2020, but the results were delayed by a month due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

What really is the Diversity Visa Lottrey?

Popularly known as the green card lottery, the DV Lottery makes available some 50,000 green cards (permanent resident visas)  to nationals of countries with low immigration rates to the United States in the last five years.

Kenyan nationals were eligible to participate in the DV-2021 lottery although those from the following countries were not because they had exceeded their quota: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Results are now available here.

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