Doctors at Thika Level Five hospital have removed 13 sewing needles from the body of a10-month-old baby.
The baby had been admitted at the hospital for pneumonia and her mother while applying jelly on the baby was pricked by a needle lodged inside the baby. She then alerted the doctors and an X-ray revealed the hoard of needles inside the baby’s body prompting an operation which has been largely successful.
The urgent surgery saw the doctors remove 13 needles, but left one that they say had penetrated to the hip bone and needed specialized attention.
“Removing an object like that from the child’s body is dangerous and could damage blood vessels, nerves, trigger infections and could even cause death.”Kiambu County Chief Officer in charge of Health Andrew Toro said.
The mother is said could not explain how the needles ended up inside the toddler.
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