Guardian to sue Chuka Hospital for Negligence
February 12, 2014
The guardian of Nancy Kananu, a 21 yr old lady who died on Friday over surgery complications has said she will sue Chuka General Hospital for negligence.
Nancy Kananu died on last Friday after being admitted in Kenyatta National hospital after he developed complications after delivering a baby through cervical surgery on November 3, last year.
Violet Mwende who lived with Kananu as a house help accused Chuka sub county hospital of neglecting Mwende immediately after she developed the complications after birth.
Kananu gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on November 3 and was discharged shortly before the nurses and doctors strike in strike November 10.
Mwende from Nkio village said Kananu was taken to the hospital to deliver and begun having complications after the caesarian section was conducted on her in early November last year.
Speaking to Journalists yesterday in Chuka, Violet Mwende Kananu’s guardian explained that after Nancy had delivered hospital ordered her to remain in the ward for further observation.
Mwende explained that on the following day upon her visiting the hospital she was worried to find her stomach swollen three times more than the time she was expectant.
“Her stomach would expand more each day and after I talked to doctors they did some tests that showed that the stomach had inflamed due to urea in the stomach,” She said.
She added that it is then when the doctor decided to operate on her to find out where the problem was.
“The doctors told me that they had discovered that when the caesarian section was being done her bladder was slightly cut thus leaking some urine to the stomach to an extent of some drops leaking through the stitches,” Mwende said.
The doctors told Mwende that they had repaired the problem and that Kananu would be okay but this did not happen.
“You would turn her and the urea would leak uncontrollably from her wound since she could not pass urine normally,” she added
Mwende and her mother asked the doctors to refer her to another hospital but the administration promised all will be well.
After her condition failed to improve after two months in the hospital is when the doctors decided to take her to Kenyatta National Hospital last week.
In their defence Medical Superintendent Dr Sarah Gichuku for Chuka General Hospital said the hospital did not neglect her but did all they could for Kananu.
“There are many complications in surgery, one can injure another organ accidentally which is a possible risk during surgery,” Gichuku said.
She said the doctors did all they could to save her saying after they realized the injury the surgeons took over to help her.
Gichuku said Mwende was brought to the facility on November 3rd last year and delivered through Caesarian; all was well with Mwende and was discharged on during the Medical workers strike in mid November.
She disputed claims that the operation was done by an intern who had no experience.
Gichuku explained that on December 23 the deceased was readmitted in the hospital after she complained of a complication.
“She was reviewed by a surgeon the following day who recommended that Kananu be taken to Meru Level Five hospital for medical investigation to determine her condition”
Gichuku said they detected ‘Vesicocutaneous fistule’ , a condition where she was passing urine through the skin and treated given medication.
According to Gichuku her condition worsened when she developed another complication where she was passing stool through the skin and she had to be transferred to Kenyatta on January 28 after a CT scan on her abdomen in Meru Level Five Hospital.
The doctor termed lack of proper equipments to having been a major factor that attributed to Kananu’s death.
“If the facility had proper equipments the situation would have been detected early”