January 19, 2020

Agony for 18-year-old mum as needle is left in her birth canal

Macklin Amunga, 18 has a needles lodged in her genitals. [www.the-sta.co.ke]

A teenage mother is in agony after a needle was left in her birth canal after she gave birth at Bulondo Dispensary on May 10 in Bungoma County.

Macklin Amunga, 18, is now hospitalized at the Bungoma Referral Hospital.

The needle is reportedly said to have been lodged in her birth canal during episiotomy-a minor operation conducted when the birth canal cannot open for the baby to pass through.

The needle was left lodged in her genitals during stitching. She later developed pains and was taken to Bungoma Referral Hospital where an X-ray imaging was conducted and showed the needle was stuck in her genitals.

However, the needle is yet to be removed as medics said some machines at the theatre are out of order.

“I have been in pain since then. Every time they tell me I should wait until the machines are repaired,” she said according to the Star.

Bungoma medical superintendent Magrima Mayama confirmed that there was a needle lodged in the woman’s genitals. He said medics are working on how to remove it.

“It’s true the medics at our facility in Bulondo accidentally left a needle in her body. When we took her to the theatre to remove it, we found our machines out of order,” she said.

He added that he has contacted the service provider to send a team of experts to repair the machine before the operation is carried out.

However, Mayama said she tried to talk Amunga’s family into taking her to Eldoret for the surgery but they declined citing they cannot afford.

Amunga on her part noted that “I have no money to go to another expensive hospital. If I have to be moved to another hospital, then the county should pay the bills.

She now wants the national government to intervene.