The medical board has requested the family of a woman who died after a botched breast enlargement surgery to file an official complaint. This will allow it to open an inquest into whether the surgeon is liable for negligence.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board promised the complaint could be investigated and resolved within three months.
KMPDB boss Daniel Yumbya said the probe into the death of Wanza Mulupi could take longer if they schedule more interviews.
“Once a case has been lodged it takes three months. Th at is if it is a straightforward issue and the partners accept liability,” he told the Star. But as the Board launched investigations, the name of the doctor and the facility where the initial operation was done remained a mystery.
Yesterday evening the family of the woman had remained silent as they waited for postmortem results. Galleria Mall denied yesterday the surgery occurred in their premises.
“While Galleria Shopping Mall has a branch of Nairobi Hospital in its premise, it is strictly an outpatient facility, without the infrastructure to perform surgeries,” Salma Cherono from the Mall’s communications and marketing department said.
Yesterday Yumbya said the board’s legal team had not received any complaint from the family or lawyers regarding the death of June Wanza. She died last week from complications of a botched breast enlargement operation at a plastic surgery clinic in Nairobi.
Wanza died at the Nairobi Hospital’s ICU, where she was admitted after developing complications.
“Any- one can make a complaint and we really encourage the family to do that so we can begin investigations immediately,” Yumbya said.
He said the board had gathered scant details from media reports, which did not include the name of the clinic or the doctor who performed the first operation.
“If we had all those details we would have launched our investigations immediately, but for now, we have to wait for the official complaint to be filed,” he said. However, the family requested time to grieve before they make any move.
“We are having the postmor- tem tomorrow [yesterday]. Allow us to finish that process,” they said through lawyer Jared Orare on Monday.