Police in Kikuyu, Kiambu county, are investigating the death of a woman who delivered at a private hospital and her baby.
Kikuyu subcounty police commander Musa Kongoli on Thursday confirmed they are investigating the cause of Hellen Wanjiru’s death at St Teresa Hospital, and that of her baby.
Kongoli did not elaborate.
The hospital management declined to comment.
A postmortem was expected to be conducted on Thursday afternoon.
Wanjiru, 32, was admitted and her family said she was to have a C-section.
She died on Wednesday morning with her baby.
Her family in Uthiru is demanding answers.
Family member Muchiri Ngunguru said,”This is very shameful. We are now mourning instead of rejoicing.”
Family lawyer Stanley Kuria said a government pathologist should conduct a postmortem on Wanjiru and her baby.
“We suspect an act of negligence based on the details we have already collected as a family. We demand a postmortem,” he said.
Two hospital staff arrested after woman dies during botched C-Section
Police have launched a manhunt for a doctor who conducted a botched Caesarean section at St Teresa Hospital, in Kikuyu, that led to the death of a woman on Wednesday.
Two hospital staff have already been arrested in connection with the death of Helen Wanjiru.
Her family claims Wanjiru was nine months pregnant and was rushed to the hospital after developing complications. The family was later told that a C-section was necessary after she started bleeding.
Family members told reporters that the hospital had denied them access to Wanjiru thereafter and refused to divulge any information on her state.
The family’s lawyer told NTV that one of Wanjiru’s sisters bulldozed her way to the theater where she found her lying dead.
The doctor who performed the operation is on the run and the hospital is yet to provide the family with documents relating to the botched C-section.