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Hourglass body that comes at a huge cost

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Two years ago, socialite-turned-entrepreneur Risper Faith had a baby boy. She had put on weight during the pregnancy, and the extra pounds of fat were affecting her self-esteem.

Two weeks ago, she underwent liposuction, a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck.

“I haven’t worn a bikini since the birth of my son. I was not confident of wearing one because I felt uneasy since I had lost my sexy look. I needed to sculpt the body shape I wanted to have and boost my self-esteem as a woman,” she told The Standard hours after undergoing the procedure that she said did not hurt as much as expected.

She added: “My husband and I had been looking for a solution to contour my body back to shape. When we heard of Body by Design Kenya, and that a liposuction procedure would cost Sh450,000, we were excited and hoped the process would turn out perfect.”

Eight litres of fat were removed from her stomach and lower back in the process that permanently removes fat cells. In a follow-up interview, Risper said her waist is back and she can afford to flaunt her assets.

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While liposuction is by no means a novel procedure in the world of plastic surgery, a burning question still remains: would you go under the knife to get the perfect breasts, waist or butt even if it meant that you could lose your life?

This is the risk that many women (and men) are putting themselves through simply to achieve their desired looks. It is the new trend in town that has been adopted by both the young and older generations.

There are those who are doing it for health reasons while for some it is simply a means to impress.

From public figures like Huddah Monroe, Kalekye Mumo and Vera Sidika to upcoming showbiz stars and ordinary mwananchi, body sculpting has become a lucrative business in the medical world with the few centres that offer the service charging huge sums for a single operation.

Huddah openly talked about her plastic surgery experience and how she almost died from a botched procedure.

After appearing on Big Brother Africa, where housemates showered in the open, many people poked fun at her breasts or lack thereof. Though she insists this was not the motivation behind getting the surgery, she had her breasts enlarged shortly after leaving the house.

Her second surgery was performed at a clinic in Beverly Hills that counts the who’s who of Hollywood as its clients. The surgery did not come cheap going by the $10,000 (Sh1 million) receipts she posted on her Instagram.

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Kalekye, a popular radio and TV personality, struggled with weight issues for a long time until she decided it was time for a new look. The secret to her leaner physique, she later confessed, was liposuction.

She would later claim that she did not like how she looked after going down a few dress sizes. “After I lost the weight, there was the whole plus-size community who came at me-Oh, you are cheating us, you have left us. Also, it was a personal decision. All I can say is be happy in your skin,” she said.

Complications

There are patients who have not been as lucky in their quest for perfection. One wrong move may cost one life as was the case with Julie Wanza, who died after experiencing complications following a breast augmentation surgery.

Alice Muriuki, a medic at a Nairobi hospital, says that just like other treatments, liposuction or any form of body-shaping procedure, is treated with confidentiality. In most cases doctors have to custom-tailor a patient’s treatment plan according to specified needs and budget.

“The fact is that many people undergoing this surgery have a good attitude of being forever young. I am not just talking about women but also men who no longer want to be seen with beer bellies.

“The thing is, one has to ascertain a number of things before they indulge. Always find out if the medical facility is accredited to perform the kind of body-contouring procedure you are looking for, and how many years of experience the specialist has. Besides, Nairobi is lately one of the leading places across Africa when it comes to the practice of cosmetic surgery,” said Muriuki.

READ ALSO:   Unfiltered raw photos of Risper Faith before getting the liposuction

Mary Wavinya says she underwent liposuction after she discovered that at 40 years, her body had changed yet she was still “in the market”.

Doctors extracted belly fat and transferred it to her thighs and buttocks. The loose flesh on her arms was tightened and she also got Botox injections for the wrinkles on her face.

“Some of these results cannot be achieved through exercising or dieting. If you want that killer look, especially if you want to impress after you reach a given age, you have to dig deeper to look the part. We all need that upkeeps,” she says.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Machakos Senator in ICU, woman found with him in apartment questioned

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Machakos Senator Boniface Mutinda Kabaka is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after he allegedly fell ill while with a woman at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate.

The lawmaker is reported to have checked in at the apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road in Kilimani on Thursday afternoon accompanied by a woman identified as Esther Muli, a resident of Wote town.

According to a police report on the incident, the matter was reported by the Senator’s wife who said that at around 3am she was informed by an employee at the Senator’s office that her husband had been admitted in the ICU.

“She went to the said Hospital accompanied by other family members among them her co-wife where she established that the Senator was brought by paramedics after falling sick while in an apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road within Kilimani,” reads the police report.

Police visited the scene and found the woman who disclosed that she was with the Senator in the apartment when he suddenly started complaining of severe headache and asked her to look for paracetamols.

She added that the pain worsened and she reportedly informed the management who called for an ambulance and rushed the lawmaker to Nairobi Hospital.

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By Friday evening Senator Kabaka was still admitted in the ICU at Nairobi hospital. The woman was escorted to Kilimani Police Station for interrogations by the DCI.

By Standard Digital


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Coronavirus-burdened US warns its citizens against travel to Kenya

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The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, this despite the country being among those leading globally with the virus infections.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an updated health notice on Wednesday warned American citizens against travelling to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

CDC placed the four nations under Level 4 Alert, meaning there is a very high level of Covid-19 and all non-essential travel should be avoided.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” said CDC in a notice.

If one must travel to these countries, they must strictly adhere to the health protocols on Covid-19 including wearing masks and keeping six feet distance from other people, CDC added.

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” stated the US health institute on its website.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.”

CDC further urged American travellers to get tested for Covid-19 one to three days before travel and only leave the country after receiving the results.

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Those returning to the US must also undergo testing one to three days earlier and adhere to all Covid-19 regulations.

According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel.

A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.

The warnings come as US reported its highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day on Wednesday with 3,157 new fatalities and more than 273,799 people having died due to the virus and more than 13.9 million infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, Kenya registered the highest recoveries on a single day after 11,324 patients were discharged in 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 67,788 since April 1.

Similarly, 1,253 patients tested positive after 10,170 samples were analyzed in the same period.

Kenya’s caseload rose to 86,383 on Thursday out of 911,596 samples analyzed since March.

The Covid-19 death toll also rose to 1,500 after 16 more patients succumbed to the disease.

by NN


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Kericho man who woke up in mortuary dies

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The man who was taken to the mortuary at Kapkatet Sub County Hospital in Kericho County after being presumed dead, has breathed his last.

Peter Cheruiyot died while being transferred to Kericho County Referral Hospital in an ambulance on Thursday afternoon for specialised treatment.

He was transferred to the mortuary hours after his family rushed him to hospital after collapsing at his home.

Cheplanget Ward Representative Hezborn Tonui confirmed that the man had passed on.

“It is true. He has breathed his last while being transferred to Kericho for further treatment. I am at the homestead condoling with the family,” Mr Tonui told the Nation on telephone.

In an interview with the Nation on Thursday last week, Cheruiyot said it was a miracle he was still alive. He was confident that he would recover and join his family. But that did not come to pass.

 “I am happy to be alive…it is a miracle that I am breathing, talking and I can move my limbs and eat. This is the work of God,” the 32 year old Cheruiyot told the Nation in an interview on Thursday last week.

Cooling chamber

In what generated a lot of reaction in the South Rift region and beyond, the father of four cried out when a mortician attempted to cut an incision on his leg so as to insert preservatives on the body before it could be put in the cooling chamber.

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“I felt an excruciating pain on the leg and screamed my lungs out. It is like I was being burned with a hot iron bar,” said Cheruiyot.

As we conducted the interview, relatives, villagers and curious members of the public jammed the male ward at the hospital to have a glimpse of the man who “rose from the dead”.

“I do not know what happened prior to my being dumped in the mortuary. The next thing I knew after screaming, which I was initially not sure if anyone heard me, is that I was being wheeled to the ward,” said the former matatu tout.

After screaming and catching the attention of the mortician, the patient passed out again and was rushed to the emergency ward where doctors resuscitated him before admission.

When he fainted at Keroncho village in Cheplanget on Tuesday last week, the patient was rushed to hospital by relatives.

At the hospital, he was allegedly left unattended by doctors and nurses at the casualty ward.

“How they (medics) arrived at the conclusion that I had died, leading to my transfer to the mortuary is a matter of conjecture,” said Cheruiyot adding that the fresh wound on the right upper part of the leg which was cut in the morgue was very painful.

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Interestingly, despite looking frail and at times struggling to speak, he had a razor sharp memory as he could recognise relatives and friends by name.

Family members said that the man had been battling a terminal illness and had been in and out of various hospitals in the region.

Low immunity

Due to his low immunity, he has been admitted to some of the facilities for days for treatment according to medical records seen by the Nation.

“When he fainted at home, we used a Toyota Probox to rush him to hospital where doctors said he had passed on. We were shocked to be told later by the mortuary attendants that he was still alive,” Mr Kevin Kipkirui, the patient’s younger brother, told journalists at the hospital.

Dr Gilbert Cheruiyot, the Medical Superintendent at Kapkatet Sub County Hospital said last week that the patient was taken to the mortuary by his relatives.

“In a breach of protocol, the family members rushed the patient to the mortuary after presuming that he had died,” said Dr Cheruiyot

He said that the matter was under investigations and the gaps that had been detected would be addressed after a report on investigation is tabled.

Members of the Kericho County Assembly on Tuesday absolved medical officers at the hospital of blame after an ad hoc committee on health formed to investigate the matter tabled its report in the House.

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The committee was chaired by Hezron Ngetich (Chilchila ward), with Ms Ann Tum (nominated) as the vice chairperson while other members are- Paul Chirchir, Gilbert Ngetich, Wangare Njuguna, Emily Kerich, Erick Bii, Humprhey Kirui, Eric Bett and Philip Rono.

by nation.africa


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