, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Death is never a simple matter and Esther Letangule’s fatality has become more complicated, after Family Care Medical Centre denied culpability in her demise.
Joseph Karanja who was the consulting Obstetrician and Gynaecologist on call at the time of her death says the hospital’s staff did not induce her labour as alleged by her husband, IEBC Commissioner Thomas Letangule.
“The patient came in when she was already in labour and suffering from pre-eclampsia. We medicated her to stabilise the pressure then she proceeded to give birth because a caesarean section would have been riskier.”
Letangule has accused the hospital of inducing his wife’s labour when her pressure was high causing her death.
Karanja has also denied Letangule’s accusation that they did not try to reach him or any member of his family when his wife’s condition deteriorated, waiting until it was too late.
“The thing about communication today is that it can be traced,” Karanja told Capital FM News on Friday.
Letangule however stands by the accusations he has made against Family Care Medical Centre saying the hospital is now simply trying to protect its reputation given the public’s interest in his wife’s death.
“They never tried to reach any of us. Now they are trying to change their story. If my wife was in labour would she have driven our daughter to school? I think they are attempting a cover up.”
The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board with whom Letangule had lodged a complaint has through its legal counsel Peter Munge confirmed to Capital FM News that it has began looking into the accusations of malpractice.
“We sent Professor Steve Ochiel, a seasoned Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to go through the deceased’s medical records and we expect statements from all members of staff who saw to her care by the end of today (Friday).”
The hospital has pledged to fully co-operate with the board and the police who are also carrying out their own investigation into the mother of three’s death.
Letangule says a post-mortem will be carried out on Monday in the presence of doctors from the hospital to determine the cause of death before funeral preparations can commence.
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