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KNH speaks out on death of 2-year-old boy who had fork Jembe lodged in skull



By Judith Gicobi

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has provided its account of what happened after a 2-year-old toddler died there on Monday after being hospitalized with a fork jembe stuck in his head.

According to a statement released by the hospital on Wednesday, the young patient was indeed brought in on October 11, 2022, at about 6:30 p.m., after being taken for treatment at Thika Level V hospital following the bizarre incident at his home in Kilimambogo, Kiambu County, in which another child struck him on the head with the farm tool.

Around 3.50 pm on the day of the incident, doctors at Thika Level V Hospital made the decision to refer the child to KNH after determining that he required specialized care to have the fork jembe securely removed.

Doctors at KNH determined the baby had lost too many essential fluids and that his blood was not clotting normally based on the results of the clinical investigations.

To address the aforementioned anomaly in the boy’s blood not clotting properly, the doctors decided against hurrying the victim to the operating room table.

The boy’s blood deficiency and clotting improved to the point that the hospital could operate on him on October 11, 2022, approximately 8 a.m. However, the boy’s condition was deteriorating rapidly.

According to KNH, problems caused the minor to pass away on the operation table. The KNH chair then sent a condolence message to the minor’s family, describing the situation regrettable.

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