A woman has died as she was giving birth at St Teresa Hospital, Kikuyu, Kiambu County.
Hellen had had her prenatal check ups at Kijabe Hospital but was turned away when she drew closer to giving birth. Apparently, the hospital no longer accepts payment via the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
As fate would have it, she ended up at St Teresa where she was going to give birth to her third born.
The deceased, as detailed by a close friend on social media, was induced into labour. She is said to have started bleeding.
The hospital would leave her unattended from 8.30pm only to take her to theatre fours hours later.
At this time, she had bled out though it is not clear at what exact time did she and her unborn child breathe their last.
The health facility management kept mum about the unfortunate turn of events. The family had to call the police to get information out of the management.
The medics are apparently in hiding even as the family seek to find out the cause of death.
Hellen’s kin have on stand by a pathologist but the hospital will still not allow an autopsy to be carried out without her medical report.
A report, we understand, they are in possession of.
Police have been to the facility but insist that there is nothing they can do.
A visit to Kiambu County health CEC’s office bore no fruits either. They allegedly offered to carry out an audit.
Hellen was admitted at St. Teresa hospital to give birth to her 3rd child. She was induced and later started to bleed profusely. She was taken to theatre almost 4 hours later. We don’t know at what point she and her baby died. We don't know who to turn to for help. – @joesuzie pic.twitter.com/8ZDdU1AMTx
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) April 24, 2019
Similarly, a woman gave birth unassisted at Shalom Hospital over the weekend.
The woman and her child survived but both cases show just how negligent Kenyan care givers are.