The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kavonokya Sect Member Undergoes Surgery

A woman is fighting for her life at the Mwingi General District Hospital after she stayed with a dead foetus in her womb for seven days.

The Kavonokya sect member from Kisovo viillage was admitted to the hospital following labour complications.

"She believed it was God's will. We had to force her to come to hospital," said disease surveillance officer in Joseph Kimwele.

The woman's husband, a teacher refused to sign the consent forms. They both argued that they are adults and have the right to make their own decisions.

"After much cajoling, with the help of her father, the woman finally agreed to sign the forms. We were almost giving up. We thought she would die," added Kimwele.

The Kavonokya sect does not believe in the use of modern medicine.

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