A Kenyan woman has passed away at a Nairobi hospital after a breast augmentation procedure allegedly went horribly wrong.
The procedure was conducted on Juliet Wanza by an unidentified surgeon at his clinic premised in Nairobi's Galleria Shopping Mall last week, reports The Star.
After the surgery, Wanza developed severe abdominal pain after the surgical procedure, prompting her to go for a review. After the examination it was discovered that her intestines had been punctured in the process. It was also found that her blood pressure was extremely low and she was immediately admitted to Nairobi Hospital.
"Because her intestines were cut, all the waste was seeping out and spreading inside the stomach. That caused an infection called sepsis. Doctors battled to save her life on Friday but she died from the infection," a family member told the Star on Monday.
The family is now seeking to know what happened to their daughter at the surgery room.
"We are having the postmortem tomorrow on Tuesday. Allow us to finish that process," the family said through lawyer Jared Orare.
Specialists who attended to her at the Nairobi Hospital said she had developed gas gangrene, likely from the cuts made during the surgery. "It was gas gangrene which is an infection of soft tissues from bacteria on the skin. I was just called in to control that." "When gas gangrene gets under the skin, it kills blood supply and eats the fat and whatever remains. If you don’t remove the dead skin then it spreads all over and you can’t control it," divulged Prof. Stanley Khainga.
He added: "The wounds through which the surgery is done are the ones that now become the portals of entry of the bacteria. For her, it was an infection that was too fast. I was just intervening to control that and correct the shock and so on. I was in Nairobi Hospital when they called me. She was a referral. As a consultant, I was trying to sort out the problem."
Breast augmentation has in the recent past gained popularity among Kenyan women. The most common procedures for breast augmentation involve the use of silicon or saline implants. However, fat transfer is one of the newest procedure of breast augmentation that doesn't involve the use of silicone, a synthetic material. In fat transfer, liposuction is used to extract fat from other body parts and transferred to the breasts.