KNH surgery left me paralysed and with one testicle : Inmate

By Sheila Mutua On Mon, 19 Apr, 2021 13:06 | 2 mins read
Kenyatta National Hospital. Three injured pupils from Nduma Primary School are hospitalised at KNH. PHOTO | FILE

An inmate at Nairobi West Prison is left at a loss after a surgery he underwent at Kenyatta National Hospital to remove one of his testicles left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Elijah Ngayuni told K24 digital on Monday, 19 April that his dream of having a family and raising children of his own appears shuttered after he lost the use of his legs and one testicle.

“I have four years left to finish my sentence but I am very scared that I might not be able to have a family. I need help,” the 32-year-old lamented.

Ngayuni, who is serving a 10-year manslaughter sentence, claims he was admitted to KNH for a surgical procedure to remove one testicle and secure the other on March, 16, 2021

After a successful four hour surgery, Nyaguni was wheeled out of the theatre on March, 17 and discharged a day later only for him to develop complications later on. 

[2:43 PM, 4/19/2021] Joel Muinde: After a successful four-hour surgery, Nyaguni was wheeled out of the theatre on March 17, and discharged a day later only for him to develop complications later.
[2:44 PM, 4/19/2021] Joel Muinde: The prisoner claims that he can no longer walk because the surgery left him paralyzed from the waist down and the prison has not taken him back for further treatment.

After a successful four hour surgery, Nyaguni was wheeled out of the theatre on March, 17 and discharged a day later only for him to develop complications later on. 

The inmate claimed he can not walk because the anaesthesia used on him during the KNH surgery left him almost paralyzed from the waist and that the prison has not taken him back for further treatment due to the alleged payment standoff between KNH and the Kenya Prisons Service.

“He has asked to be taken to hospital many times but that is impossible because prison has not paid Kenyatta Hospital,” waded in a fellow inmate.

“The testicle that was removed was twisted, malformed and had an infection that could affect my other good testicle. That’s why it was removed although the situation is getting worse,” claimed Elijah.

According to K24 digital, sources from Nairobi West prison who spoke in cnfidence revealed that Elijah underwent the surgery at Kenyatta National Hospital he was given an appointment date for 29th September 2021.

“We cannot take him back to the hospital until the set appointment date. We have a medical facility at the prison and he is been attended to,” said the source.

An officer at Nairobi West prison privy to Elijahs’ medical state told K24 digital that there is no payment dispute between KNH and the prison.

Also speaking on condition of anonymity, the source stated that the prison only follows doctor’s appointments when taking inmates to KNH for further treatment since new regulations direct that inmates be treated at County Referral Hospitals.

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