Rights group to sue Coast General Hospital doctors

A woman bled to death after a Caesarean section at the Coast General Hospital.

Friday March 18 2016

Haki Africa officer Francis Auma (centre) with Thomas Mwongela (left) who lost his wife after an operation at the Coast General Hospital. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Haki Africa officer Francis Auma (centre) with Thomas Mwongela (left) who lost his wife after an operation at the Coast General Hospital. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By REBECCA OKWANY
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A Mombasa-based rights group will sue doctors who attended to a woman who bled to death after a Caesarean section if it is found that they were negligent.

Haki Africa programmes officer Francis Auma said they were waiting for postmortem results on the body of Jane Achieng, who died two weeks ago after the operation at Coast General Hospital, before deciding the next step.

“We are in communication with Ombudsman (Commission on Administrative Justice), and we have also instructed our legal officer to take up the case,” Mr Auma said yesterday.

“If it is proved that it was a case of negligence, we will take somebody to court,” Mr Auma warned.

He said the widower, Mr Thomas Mwongela, had reported the matter to them, seeking their help.

Mr Auma said five cases of expectant mothers dying at the hospital due to alleged negligence had been reported to his organisation in the past three years. 

But county health officials denied claims by the family that Jane died due to doctors’ negligence.

Health executive Mohamed Abdi and chief officer Khadija Shikely said Jane died from an infection she had even before she went to the hospital and not due to negligence.

“The patient had a very big baby, about 4.3 kilos, who could not have been delivered normally. She was discharged on the third day before returning two days later with a swollen abdomen,” said Mr Abdi.