A rare procedure for reattaching a hand that had been brutally cut off was successfully completed at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).


In an announcement released on Sunday, the hospital claimed that a man, whom they identified as BK, 35 years old, had his left arm amputated below the wrist as a result of an alleged domestic fight on Tuesday.

The amputated limb was subsequently kept in a refrigerated box. The man was referred from Sigowet Sub-County Hospital in Kericho and arrived at MTRH Emergency Department at 4 a.m.

The procedure for rejoining the hand concluded successfully at 3 p.m. after two teams of 13 people alternated working on it.


Part of a statement issued by the medical team said that after successfully reversing anesthesia, the patient was checked on and given IV heparin before being kept in the intensive care unit overnight, and that the IV infusion was Completed 48 hours later, on Thursday.

BK was then transferred from the intensive care unit to the general orthopedics ward on Sunday, and there he will continue his daily evaluations and rehabilitation.


There are just three hand specialists in Kenya: Dr. Paul Mwangi from MRTH and one each in Nairobi and Nakuru.

August 14, 2023

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