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Medic to testify in pupil’s queer amputation : The Standard



The Medical Superintendent at Kakamega County General Hospital has been ordered to furnish the court with medical documents of a minor amputated at the facility over negligence of staff members.

The hospital boss has been directed to produce the patient’s file and treatment notes for the patient alongside the discharge summary for the period between October 10 and November 7, 2014.
The medic has also been ordered to appear before the local Chief Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, with the plaster room procedure book for the period in question.
This is after the minor, Isaiah Olunga, through his grandmother Mary Muronji, sued the facility over alleged treatment mishap that saw the boy’s left hand amputated just above the elbow.
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The boy’s tribulations started when he fell from a guava tree at their Malaha Village, Navakholo sub-county on October 10, 2014.
He broke his left hand and was taken to Malaha Dispensary, but the facility recommended that he be rushed to the General Hospital for X-Ray, which Malaha lacked.
At the General hospital, the medics established that the hand had a fracture and a plaster had to be applied. The minor was told to return to the hospital on the tenth day for a review.
However, the Class Five pupil said, the plaster was “abnormally” tightened, making him experience a lot of pain and forcing the grandmother to return him to the facility on the third day.
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The plaintiff believes the problem was occasioned by negligence on the part of the doctor who attended him, leaving him with a permanent incapacity. He now wants the official compelled to pay the damages.
Jacob Maleche, a private doctor who examined the minor before he moved to court, estimated the incapacity as permanent at 70 per cent.
Dr Maleche, a consultant surgeon, maintained that the situation could have been averted had the medics followed the right procedure while applying the plaster.

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