NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – Preliminary results from a post-mortem conducted on the late wife of IEBC commissioner Thomas Letangule indicate that Esther died from brain haemorrhage caused by high blood pressure.
The family spokesman Solomon Letangule told Capital FM News on Monday evening that a conclusive report would be issued once the Government Pathologist completes tests on tissue samples taken from the deceased.
“As a family, we still believe the hospital was negligent by not initiating a transfer on account of her high blood pressure and we are waiting for the pathologists to determine what medication they gave her,” he said.
Thomas Letangule echoed his brother’s sentiments saying that he is still waiting to hear if the drugs administered by Family Care Medical Centre could have led to his wife’s death.
“I still don’t see how a woman who walked into the hospital was taken to the mortuary the very same day. I am waiting for the family pathologist to tell us what they injected her with. I still believe this is a death which could have been avoided.”
Family Care Medical Centre still holds that it did not induce Esther Letangule into labour and that she walked into their facility already suffering from pre-eclampsia.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner is in the meantime planning for his wife’s burial which will take place on Saturday at his mother’s home in Nakuru County.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board which is carrying out an independent investigation told Capital FM News through lawyer Peter Munge that preliminary findings should be ready by close of business on Tuesday.
The board constituted a committee to go through Esther Letangule’s medical records and statements from the Family Care Medical Centre staff who tended to her, all of which were supplied to them on Friday.
“The small committee sat together today (Monday) and should complete their sittings by tomorrow,” Munge told Capital FM News in a phone interview.
Even given the preliminary findings, the Letangule family still insists that Esther’s life could have been saved had they been notified of her deteriorating condition in good time.
“Why didn’t they contact us when she walked into the hospital with her blood pressure already high? How do they send a text message at 4:33pm, hours after she had gone into labour?” Solomon Letangule posed.