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Pain And Agony For Baby Born Without Anal System

Baby Jahenda with her mother Sharika in their house at Matopeni Slums Photo/Annete Amondi

A family in Matopeni Slums in Starehe constituency is in agony following the failed surgery of their two month old daughter in January this year.

Baby Virgil Jahenda who is passing body waste through her abdomen after undergoing a procedure called colostomy was born without an anal system at Pumwani late last year.

The baby’s mother Maureen Sharika says her baby has not been able to get proper medical care following the doctors strike.

“The baby was born at Pumwani hospital without an anal system, on realizing this the doctors at Pumwani sent us to Kenyatta National Hospital immediately but nothing could be done there since i did not have money and the doctors were already on strike,” Sharika says.

Sharika says she has been forced to use diapers instead of colostomy bags to collect her baby’s wasted as the bags are very expensive.

“Because I cannot afford to buy the required bags, I am forced to use an oversized diaper where the waste oozes on and then I clean the wound with warm water and a cloth.” Maureen says

She says the baby sometimes cries when the waste gets in contact with the wound and this really breaks her heart because she doesn’t know how to help her.

Sharika has since tried to get help for her baby at the Kijabe Mission Hospital to no avail as the hospital demands around 250,000 shillings to correct the abnormally.

Sharika housewife and her husband Christopher Shiundu juakali man are calling well wishers to help them raise the money. Well wishers can donate to Mpesa Pay bill number 856400, Account Virgil.