KNH patient was not raped, says hospital

August 16, 2013 5:44 pm
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The woman identified as Phyllis Nyaguthie was alleged to have been raped by a male nurse while she was undergoing treatment on June 7/FILE
The woman identified as Phyllis Nyaguthie was alleged to have been raped by a male nurse while she was undergoing treatment on June 7/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Aug 16 – The Kenyatta National Hospital now says allegations that a female patient was raped at the hospital are false.

The woman identified as Phyllis Nyaguthie was alleged to have been raped by a male nurse while she was undergoing treatment on June 7.

Addressing the press on Friday, the hospital’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Simon Monda said examination of her body did not reveal any recent or remote injuries.

“The examination of the genitalia did not reveal any recent or remotes injuries. There were no signs of head or any other internal or external injuries,” he said.

He says also Nyaguthie (who passed on two months after the alleged rape) died from Milliary Tuberculosis according to a post-mortem examination by a team of pathologists who included a family representative, government and the hospital.

“This is a form of Tuberculosis which affects multiple organs. The disease had spread to the lungs, intestines, liver, kidney among other parts,” Monda affirmed.

He said the patient had continuously lost weight despite their efforts to restore her health.

“The team did what was humanly possible to ensure that the patient received the best care with a view to restore her good health; despite these efforts, the patient continued losing weight gradually and lost the battle on Wednesday August 7 at 6.20 am,” he lamented.

Monda also said there were no signs of head or any other internal or external injuries as alleged.

He said the patient was under care by a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists who include plastic surgery and burns specialists, nutritionists, clinical psychologist and nursing team.

“The patient had continued receiving comprehensive care and was responding well to treatment. She had also been taken to theatre for skin grafting and debridement,” he explained.

Nyaguthie had ‘disclosed’ the alleged incident to a female nurse who she pleaded with to keep the issue confidential after the ‘rape’.

The male nurse at the centre of the rape claims had been suspended.

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