KNH doctors successfully reattach chopped hand of patient

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Doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have successfully reattached the severed hand of 17-year-old Joseph Thairu from Kiambaa, Kiambu County.

Thairu’s arm was accidentally cut off while cleaning a chaff cutter when he had just finished feeding their cows.

The highly delicate procedure lasted seven hours. It involved a multidisciplinary medical team made of surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses.

According to Ferdinand Nangole who was part of the surgery team, the procedure involved cleaning the wound, identifying structures such as nerves and shortening the bones.

Thairu was taken to KNH more than 10 hours after the accident happened. It took doctors one and a half hours to identify the structures in his arm.



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