Kenyatta National Hospital and College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi (UoN) doctors made another historical milestone by successfully re-implanting a limb that had accidentally been severed by a Chaff Cutter machine.
Mr Joseph Theuri, 17 year old from Kiambaa- Kiambu County, will remain a living testimony and add into the list of successful major surgeries that KNH and College of Health Sciences UoN have performed in the recent past.
On 26th January, 2018 Mr. Theuri was presented by relatives at the KNH Accident & Emergency, as a referral from Kiambu Hospital, in severe pain with the hand completely detached from the right arm.
The medical intervention immediately commenced by a multidisciplinary team of fifteen (15) specialists and Mr. Theuri’s hand was re-implanted in a highly delicate surgery that lasted over 7 hours. Prof. Stanley Khainga and Dr. Ferdinand Nang’ole led the team of specialists including Plastic Surgeons, anesthetists, orthopedic surgeons and Nursing to realize the historical achievement.
“Two teams were constituted with one team preparing the hand and the other team working on the stump. This was very important as we were racing against time” Said Dr. Nang’ole.
Lily Koros Tare, CEO KNH celebrated the team for their precision and expertise that has reclaimed the hand of Mr. Theuri.
“This successful surgery adds into the list of the great milestones that KNH specialists have made to save, transform, reclaim and prolong lives of many Kenyans and patients from East and Central Africa region.” Said the CEO
Previously, KNH specialists have made other landmark medical achievements including separation of siamese twins, removed a bullet lodged in Baby Satrin’s brain, gave a smile to Roseline Wanyama who had a tumor which had severely affected her jaw, not to forget baby Hope, who was born at 400gms weight, removed a knife lodged in Fatuma Ibrahim’s temporal bone and the kidney transplant of a two year old as well as open heart surgery just to mention but a few.