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Experts’ word after 8-hour postmortem examination
Updated Wednesday, May 1st 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
However, despite the eight-hour wait, at ten minutes after 8pm, the journalists, who had been waiting outside Lee Funeral Home where Mutula’s body is being kept, got the briefing opportunity they had been waiting for.
While briefing the journalists Muthama earlier showed journalists the temporary practising licence Kenya’s medical authorities issued to Dr Calder whom the Mutula family flew over from Britain to help unearth what caused their patriarch’s death as he slept alone in his Maanzoni Ranch, Machakos County.
The document showed Dr Calder is free to conduct his medical investigation in Kenya for the next ten months. It also showed he is a member of the reputable British Medical Society.
The long wait raised questions on whether the pathologists may have gone into a meeting to review their individual findings at the examination table, where they opened up the body to study the state of the vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and even brain.
In Mutula’s case they took specimens for further laboratory tests and this could include samples from his digestive system.
Postmortem examination usually includes physical examination for any wounds or injuries not obvious to the eye, and where the wounds are visible, an analysis is done to ascertain what might have caused them.
Leading the autopsy team was Dr Oduor, and his colleague Dr Dorothy Njeru. Both Dr Oduor and Dr Njeru examined the bodies of victims of the June 10, 2012, helicopter crash, including that of former Internal security minister Prof George Saitoti and his deputy the late Joshua Orwa Ojode.
Other doctors who took part included Dr Frederick Okinyi from Machakos Level Five Hospital, under whose medical administrative area Mutula died.
There were also Dr Andrew Gachie, who alongside Oduor and Calder, briefed journalists.
The country keenly followed news of the postmortem examination because of the various theories flying around on what could have killed Mutula, a former Justice and Education minister, as well as a senior member of the legal fraternity.
Sources close to family members told The Standard Mutula had expressed fears for his life during the week leading up to his death, including the day he died. This was after having retired to bed at about 7.30pm the previous night after enjoying his favourite meal.
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