It was late 2008, I had just finished internship at Western Provincial General Hospital, Kakamega, and since there were only two medical officers in the whole hospital the medical superindentent decided that I work in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as an acting MO (I dont even know whether this post exists).

On one Tuesday, which happens to be Surgical Elective theatre day, and maybe as fate would have had it, there was only one anaesthetist. He had all set for Surgical cases.

A mother is refered due to cord prolapse from a peripheral health facility. This was her 8th pregnancy. Prior seven pregnancies were successfully delivered at home with the aid of TBA. She only sought medical attention due to the prolapsing cord.

After discussion with the anaesthetist, the patient was transfered to main theatre for emergency C/S, as he( the anaesthetist ) already had other two patients on theatre bed.

We rushed in, the anaesthetist received his third patient, and emediately administered spinal anaesthesia. Pre-loading had been initiated from the referring centre. My colleague and I didnt waste any time, and since saving the baby had so much pre-ocupied our minds we paid little attention to the mother, and the anaesthetist had to go and check on the other two patients. Just after incising the uterus we noticed that the pateint's blood was so dark, and on talking to her there was no response. We shouted for the anaesthetist. Surgery turned to resuscitation. We were able to extract a bouncing baby girl, but for the mother...........she was not that lucky, maybe. It pains me till now.

May God rest her soul in eternal peace.

Dr. Kapchanga K. Simon, Jiamusi, China.


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  • Connie Ongeti Otieno
    Connie Ongeti Otieno I remember ... we had to talk to the mama's husband. Still haunts me to date.
    October 19, 2012