UoN and KNH doctors reattach boy’s chopped off hand
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Fri, 2018-02-09 15:11
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Joseph Theuri's hand reatached after the surgery.

A team of doctors from the University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) achieved another historical medical milestone by successfully re-implanting a hand of a 17-year boy that was accidentally chopped off by a chaff cutter machine.

Joseph Theuri was taken to KNH on 26th January, 2018 after being referred to the facility from Kiambu Hospital, where he had been rushed after the gory accident.

Immediately after admission, a multidisciplinary team of 15 specialists embarked on a procedure to re-attach Theuri’s hand that had been completely detached from his right hand and preserved in a cooler. The hand was re-implanted in a highly delicate surgery that lasted over 7 hours.

The multidisciplinary team of specialists that included plastic surgeons, anesthetists, orthopedic surgeons and nurses was led by Prof. Stanley Khainga, and Dr. Ferdinand Nang’ole, both from the Department of Surgery at UoN.

“Theuri is well and upbeat. He will be discharged in 10 days and the healing process will take 6 months. The hand will regain 90% of it's functions,” Prof. Khainga said in an interview after the operation.

In 2016, UoN and KNH medical specialist made history after they successfully separated conjoined twins at the facility. The twins were discharged from KNH 7 months later after the historic surgery that placed Kenya on the global map.

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