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Mbagathi hospital successfully performs first-ever brain surgery

Nairobi County is celebrating a milestone achieved by one of its hospitals, showing the fruits of upgrading medical facilities that have been ongoing in the county.

This comes after Mbagathi Level 5 Hospital reported a successful brain surgery, the first of its kind in the hospital’s history.

The medical team was led by neurosurgeon Dr Tom Mboya saw Jessy Mubaiya, 57, who had been diagnosed with chronic subdural haematoma, which resulted from a blunt injury to the head in 1995, being treated.

When he was admitted at Mbagathi Hospital on Monday, February 12, Mubaiya was examined with the aid of the new CT scan and admitted for craniotomy surgery that lasted for about 2 hours 10mins.

Mbagathi Hospital Chief Executive Officer Alexander Irungu said, “The first-ever neurosurgery at Mbagathi Hospital was done yesterday. The team was led by our Neurosurgeon Dr Tom Mboya. With the installation of CT Scan and the CCU nearing completion, many more of these cases, and even complex ones will be done.”

The patient is currently recuperating at the facility ward before being discharged.

Mr Mubaiya was diagnosed with Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA) between 1996 and 1997, a medical condition that involves an accumulation of acid in the body due to a failure of the kidneys to appropriately acidify the urine.

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He arrived at Mbagathi Hospital following persistent headaches which he had been experiencing for years.

This comes against the backdrop of the first-ever cementless hip surgery that was successfully conducted at the same facility, setting another milestone.

Cementless hip surgery, also known as cementless total hip arthroplasty (THA) or cementless hip replacement, is a surgical procedure used to replace a damaged hip joint with an artificial implant without the use of cement to fix the components in place.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja recently said that Mbagathi Hospital will receive the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility after Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital received one last year.

This is expected to further reduce the congestion in Kenyatta National Hospital as patients looking for ICU services will be offered at Mbagathi Hospital as well.