The county administration of Kericho and the management of Kapkatet Subcounty Hospital will have to compensate the relatives of a man who was transported to the morgue alive after being presumed dead.
Peter Kigen, 37, a Bureti constituency resident, was proclaimed dead and his body was transported to the Kapkatet hospital mortuary for preservation, only to be discovered alive during embalming.
According to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council, the hospital should apologize to Kigen’s family and make restitution for any misconduct.
“Kapkatet hospital be and is hereby admonished for failing to institute and implement Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that people who pass on outside the hospital are certified dead before being taken to the mortuary,” KMPDC chief executive Daniel Yumbya said.
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According to Governor Paul Chepkwony’s submission, the patient was transferred to Kapkatet sub-county hospital at approximately 7.30 a.m. on November 24, 2020, using vehicle registration number KCJ 077M.
According to the county, Kigen’s wife realized he had lost consciousness at 4 a.m. and yelled, waking up relatives who came and proclaimed him dead. They decided to seek the services of the mortuary in the morning.
However, after being advised to wait for the clinician who was resuscitating another patient before declaring whether or not Kigen was dead, the families became irritated.
“After the procedure, the nurse walked outside the parking lot to hunt for the relatives, but they were nowhere to be found. “It was then discovered that the families went to the mortuary without any clinician certifying the purported death,” he continued.
The “corpse” was still wrapped in a blanket when it arrived at the mortician’s office.
She spotted signs of life during unwrapping and promptly contacted the physician for further evaluation.
The clinician confirmed that the supposed body had a faint pulse, reduced respiratory action, no extraocular movements, and no reflexes upon examination.
The patient was being brought to the casualty unit for stabilization before being transferred to the male ward.