When the case against Jowie and Jacque Maribe came up for mention in court today, a doctor revealed Irungu (Jowie) does not need any surgery.
This was based on tests run by the hospital. Dr Benjamin Wabwire of KNH took to the witness dock after Jowie raised complaints that he has not been taken for surgery but only been subjected to physiotherapy at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Jowie also sought to be allowed to seek further treatment in a different hospital.
Irungu told the court that his left arm risks not functioning if he is not accorded the right treatment in good time.
However the doctor who is a specialist in plastic and rehabilitative surgery said Irungu did not also have an open wound on the hand except scars, he said.
The tests, the doctor said, revealed that even though Irungu did not have an injury to his nerve, the axons in his nerves in the left hand have been affected.
An axon, or nerve fibre, is a long slender projection of a nerve cell, or neuron, that conducts electrical impulses away from the neuron’s cell body or soma.
Axons are in effect the primary transmission lines of the nervous system, and as bundles, they help make up nerves.
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In his view what Irungu needed was a rehabilitative treatment which includes physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help the axons grow back.
The doctor noted that the axons grow back slowly depending on the distance they have to cover which makes it difficult for him to say an exact number of days it will take in Irungu’s case.
The findings he shared with the court are based on an MRI test conducted on Irungu on November 30, he said.
He also noted that if Irungu wanted a second opinion on the matter he is free to seek.
The case will be mentioned again on February 28.