9 February 2018

Kenya: Surgeons Remove 4 Nails From Man's Head After Bizarre Attack


A man is fighting for his life at Kenyatta National Hospital's Critical Care Unit after a horrific hammer and nail attack in Nthambi Ward in Tharaka Nithi.

The bizarre attack has left Isaac Mutembei, 40, paralysed on one side. He was attacked by a man after a fight in a bar.

According to his brother Jacob Munene, the victim went to the local market on Monday at around 11am where he had a few drinks at a local bar.

"My brother disagreed with another patron who is suspected to be mentally disturbed, and the two got into a brawl. He hit Isaac with a hammer on the head and he lost consciousness," he said.


Onlookers rushed out of the bar, thinking he was dead and some went to alert police officers.

His attacker was, however, not yet finished with him. Using as hammer, he drove four nails into his skull at different points," he added.

Police officers who later came to the scene found him still alive and rushed him to Meru Level 5 Hospital where doctors did a CT Scan and referred him to KNH.

"In Meru, doctors told us told us they could not conduct the otherwise intricate surgery to remove the nails, Munene told Nairobi News Thursday.

He underwent a six-hour surgery to remove the nails in the theatre on Tuesday morning, before medics induced a two-day coma.

"I was called and told my brother had been rushed to the referral facility. The paralysis, doctors said, was as a result of the impact of the hammer to the skull. They are, however, optimistic that Isaac will recover well," he said.


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