A 2-year-old boy with fork jembe lodged in his head capitulated during surgery at KNH

A 2-year-old boy with fork jembe lodged in his head capitulated during surgery at KNH

The family of this 2-year-old boy is in grief after losing him following a fork jembe he was hit with while they played at their home with other children.

He was then rushed to Thika Level V Hospital, where medical personnel administered first aid, before referring him to the city hospital.

Before the surgery, the hospital was put on blast for alleged negligence after photos of the minor went viral on social media.

The family had claimed that the hospital failed to treat the boy’s case as an emergency delaying an operation to remove the fork from the minor’s head for nearly 24 hours, eliciting fury from netizens.

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is on the spot again following the death of the two-year-old boy who had a fork jembe lodged in his head.

Reports indicate that the minor succumbed during surgery after over a 20-hour delay by KNH to conduct an operation to remove the jembe.

KNH is really sending a bad picture of the Public Hospitals out there to the world. Why cases of negligence in the National Hospital? Who then is safe in the hands of the Doctors at KNH?

“The patient had lost a lot of blood and as a result, the clotting process was not occurring as expected, thereby, delaying the surgical procedure as this would have been dangerous to the patient,” the hospital clarified.

KNH Response

In an interview with K24, KNH gave a contradicting statement that the delay in the operation to save the boy was caused by blood clotting complications as the medics tried to figure out how to handle the situation of the child who was losing a lot of blood.

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Then the following questions should rise eyebrows:

i) Doesn’t the Kenya National Hospital has a blood bank and yet people donate blood?

ii) Why didn’t they have the blood group for the child and ask the family to donate blood?

iii) Are young children not transfused?

Possibility of the delay cause question?

iv) Did the x-rays and other tests cause the delay?


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