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Woman dies while procuring abortion in Nairobi clinic

Police are looking for the proprietor of a clinic in Eastleigh, Nairobi County where a woman died while procuring an abortion.

The 30-year-old woman is alleged to have gone to the private clinic in Eastleigh on Thursday to terminate her pregnancy.

The owner of the clinic is said to have referred her to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital after a bangled procedure.

Police said they suspect the deceased was rushed to the facility after she developed complications but died while undergoing treatment.

Police were called to the scene and have since launched investigations.

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In January, police arrested and charged a man with murder in connection with the death of his wife, who died as a result of a botched abortion.

Richard Onyango is accused of assisting in the procurement of the abortion and is facing charges alongside two suspected quack doctors who conducted the failed operation.

The investigation into the woman’s death began on New Year’s Eve when the body of a middle-aged woman was found wrapped in a white bedsheet and dumped in a storm water tunnel near a Shell petrol station along Outering Road.

Two days later, detectives received information that the body had been disposed of following a botched abortion carried out by a suspect identified as Richard Orambo, who runs the Watergate Medical Centre in Mathare Area 1.

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Orambo is alleged to have consulted with another rogue doctor, Francis Messo, who runs the Busanzi Health Clinic in Dandora Phase 4, in an attempt to procure the abortion.

When the patient developed complications, they reportedly attempted to take her to another backstreet clinic in Kiambu, but she died en route.

In an effort to cover their tracks, the trio is accused of dumping the woman’s body in the storm water tunnel.

Onyango, Orambo, and Messo were all arrested and charged with murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.

Last year, 25 cases of procuring abortion were reported to police as compared to 36 that were recorded in 2021, 50 in 2020, 52 in 2019 and 12 in 2018.

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