Doctors at Thika Level V Hospital remove 13 sewing needles from baby’s body

Doctors at Thika Level V Hospital remove 13 sewing needles from baby's body
Doctors at Thika Level V hospital remove 13 needles from baby's body

A 10-month-old baby is recuperating at the Thika Level 5 Hospital after 13 sewing needles were successfully removed from her body.

Narrating the story from the hospital bed, the baby’s mother Jacinta Ndunge, says the needles were discovered after she was pricked as she was applying jelly on her baby’s bottoms.

The 31 year old mother informed the doctors and the baby, who had then been admitted at the hospital with Pneumonia, was referred for an Xray, which revealed the 14 needles in her body.

Doctors then performed an urgent surgery and removed 13 needles, but left one that they say had penetrated to the hip bone and needed specialized attention.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Kiambu County Chief Officer in charge of Health Andrew Toro, said that removing the remaining needle could damage tissues as it is lodged too deep inside one of the baby’s bones.

“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.” said Toro

When asked, Ms. Ndunge was at pains to explain how the needles found their way inside her daughter’s body.

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