Doctors Forget Cotton in Woman’s Belly For Seven Months After Performing Caesarean Procedure
A 25-year-old Irene Joyce who underwent a caesarean section procedure which aided the delivery of her twins at Kenyan Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu has continued to grapple with a severe, prolonged cough and breading difficulties besides intense chest pains as doctors left tidbits of cotton in her lower abdomen.
Joyce and her husband are begging well-wishers to help them get medical attention seven months after the caesarean section.
Upon discovery of the cotton through prescribed external scan, doctors at the Jaramogi Odinga Oginga Teaching and Referral Hospital have refused to put her through a surgical operations to clean her of the cotton that has since stripped her of wellness and posed huge danger to her life.
“After six days, l started feeling a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. At first I thought it was normal to feel pains in the stomach considering I was healing after going through an operation,” says the mother of four.
“I had to go back to the same hospital, where I went through a series of tests that yielded nothing,” she says, adding that she was taken to the intensive care unit when she developed breathing difficulties.
She spent three days at the ICU and another two weeks in the general ward.
“I had severe pains in the lower abdomen, and breathing difficulties, forcing me to use an inhaler. The coughs could last for five minutes, while my body swelled whenever I had a meal. I just couldn’t understand what was happening in my body,” says the second-hand shoe-seller, who had to abandon her source of livelihood because of her ill health.
She adds: “After consulting several specialists in Kisumu, a doctor recommended a CT scan and an examination of the lower abdomen.”
Her husband, Mr Bernard Oluoch, says the specialist was reluctant to reveal to them the results of the scan, “but he finally told us there were traces of cotton in the lower abdomen which needed an urgent surgical operation.”
“We went to the referral hospital with the results, and the doctor in charge scheduled the operation after a month, but it is now seven months since my wife started developing these complications,” says Mr Oluoch. The security guard quit his job to take care of his wife and children.
According to the hospital boss, Dr Peter Okoth, the delay in attending to Mrs Oluoch was caused by the need to investigate the case and check the history of the patient.
“We are arranging to have the patient back in hospital because of the complications that have emerged,” he says.