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Surgeon who removed 13 out of 14 needles from baby's body says removing the last one might harm the baby
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Dec 07, 2017 at 13:24 EAT
14 needles were lodged in baby's body
  • The surgeon who led a team of three in removing 13 out of 14 needles in a baby's bum has said she is out of danger
  • The 10-month-old baby had eight centimeter long needles buried in her body
  • Her parents claimed not to know how the needles got into her bum

Mwea Macharia, the surgeon who led the team that removed 13 sewing needles from a 10-month-old baby has said the baby is out of danger. The team based at Thika Level 5 Hospital successfully removed 13 out of the 14 needles from the baby through an urgent surgery.

The baby, who was first admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, excessive vomiting and diarrhea had pain sitting down which led to the discovery of the needles. An X-ray carried out showed the eight-centimeter long needles buried deep inside her body.

Her mother, who was with her at the hospital said she had no idea where the needles came from. She claimed she is a housewife who takes care of her children around the clock.

The baby’s parents were taken away by the government on December 4 when they failed to explain how the needles got into the baby’s body.

The baby and her three siblings were then taken to Macheo’s children's’ home where they’ll remain until their parents are cleared of any offense.

The parents pleaded not guilty after they were arraigned in court before Thika Principal Magistrate Grace Omodho for subjecting their child to torture. The two will be remanded until December 11 when the case will be mentioned.

According to Mwea, nine needles were lodged deep in the muscles of the bum, two in the anal area while one at the back area and another one was lodged deep in the pelvis.

The surgeons said that removal of the remaining needle may cause harm to the baby due to its location. Its remainder in the body will not cause harm to the bay since it is not touching any vital organ.

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