Child delivery is painful but for an 18-year-old the pain is twice as bad, after doctors left a needle was left in her birth canal during delivery in Bungoma.
Mackline Amunga, a young mother is in shock after an X ray showed that a needle has been stuck in her genitals two weeks after giving birth and undergoing an episiotomy, which is a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues.
According to the Star, Mackline delivered, but during the stitching, a needle was left inside her genitals.This resulted in a lot of pain and she was transferred to the Bungoma Referral Hospital, where an X-ray at the same hospital showed a needle was stuck in her genitals.
The young mother will have to endure the pain for a little longer after doctors at the referral hospital claimed that they cannot operate on her since the machines are, not repaired
This is not the first time that a medical practitioner is accused of negligence, given that a few months ago a patient died at the Kenyatta Hospital after doctors performed a brain surgery on the wrong patient.
Bungoma medical superintendent Magrima Mayama confirmed the needle was left in the woman’s body, but medics are working on how to remove it.
“It’s true the medics at our facility in Bulondo accidentally left a needle in her body. When we took her to theater to remove it, we found our machines out of order,” she said.
Mayama said they have contacted the supplier of the machine to send a team of experts to repair it before conducting the operation.
She said they tried to convince the family of the patient to take her to Eldoret Hospital, but they declined.
Amunga said her family could not afford to take her to Eldoret Hospital.
“I have no money to go to another expensive hospital. If I have to be moved to another hospital, then the county should pay the bills,” she said.
Amunga has appealed to the national government to intervene.