The Star (Nairobi)

15 February 2013

Kenya: Mum's Womb Removed 'Without Her Permission'

A woman and her relatives in Murang'a stormed a health facility after discovering that a doctor had removed her uterus without her permission.

Jane Kariuki accused a doctor at Kiriaini Mission hospital, where she underwent a CS operation, for removing her uterus without consulting her.

Kariuki said she was never consulted about the removing of her uterus neither her husband Peter Kariuki was informed about it. The mother of one from Mukuyu town yesterday told of her trauma after discovering her uterus had been removed.

Kariuki also accused the doctors at the hospital of duping her to sign documents to dispose of her child who died before she delivered. "We demand to know who authorised the doctor to remove my uterus without consulting me," said the tearful young mother.

The mother said she learnt two days after the operation that her uterus had been removed. A medical officer at the hospital, Timothy Njumbi, said was removed to save Kariuki's life. He said the uterus had ruptured while operating on her.

"After we operated on her to remove the child, we found that her healing process was not ok and I decided to check on her and that's when I discovered that she had a septic uterus that was life threatening," he added.

He said he had no time to contact the next of kin as he was already in the middle of an operation that was allegedly permitted by the patient. "I had obtained consent from the patient before taking her to the theater for the second time," said the doctor.

However the patient denied signing any documents for the second operation adding that she was forced by a nurse to sign a document that was never explained to her what it was about. She is awaiting instructions from her lawyers before deciding whether to sue for the same.

However efforts by the star to get the patient file hit a snag after the hospital assistant administer Bernard Mureithi refused to authorise the same even after the patient demanded for the same.

Mureithi however admitted that they received the patient on December 24 and only operated on her two days later something that the patient's family believes led to the death of the fetus.

After a heated exchange of words between the hospital administration and the family, Kariuki said she will pay for her hospital bill that has accumulated to over sh 200,000 for three operations.

She said she never authorized the last two operation adding that she also underwent another operation to repair her bladder after it was alleged pierced by the doctors during the operation.

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