In Summary
  • Nairobi Hospital said Ms June Wanza succumbed to complications arising from the surgery performed at Surgeoderm Healthcare clinic.

  • It has emerged that the doctor, Martin Ajujo, who conducted the procedure was a trainee.
  • It has also emerged that another doctor, Dr Evans Charana, did not have a locum (private practice) licence from KMPDB.

A city hospital where a woman died as a result of a botched breast enlargement operation has defended itself against accusations that it had a role in her death. 

In an affidavit filed in court Monday, Nairobi Hospital said Ms June Wanza succumbed to complications arising from the surgery performed at Surgeoderm Healthcare clinic.

The hospital was responding to claims by three plastic surgeons — Prof Stanley Khainga, Dr Martin Ajujo and Dr Evans Cherono — who had moved to court to protest against the manner in which investigations into Ms Wanza’s death are being conducted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).

SUPERVSION

“I can confirm that although the patient passed on at Nairobi Hospital, she was only brought there because of complications which arose from a procedure done by the three doctors at their facility,” said Dr Christopher Abeid of Nairobi Hospital.

The three doctors had contested the exclusion of Nairobi Hospital and one doctor, Dr Reuben Okioma, in the disciplinary proceedings.

However, Dr Abeid dismissed their claims, saying if they were genuine they would have raised the concern at the start of the inquiry.

As the blame game continues at the High Court, KMPDB has already found that Dr Ajujo, who conducted the procedure, was still a trainee and should not have performed an operation without the supervision of a practising plastic surgeon.

Dr Ajujo and Prof Khainga are shareholders in Surgeoderm Healthcare Limited.

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