Seven-month-old baby, Ethan Muendo who died from medical poisoning at Shalom Hospital in Machakos County, might be buried without the brain intact according to pathologists.
Pathologists, Dr Waithera Githendu (Government) and Dr Daniel Zuria (Family), say the boy’s organ has been taken for medical tests and the earliest it can refixed is on June 21, 2019.
“The little boy’s body will be prepared for burial, and by tomorrow (Wednesday, May 8), it shall be ready [for interment]. We have taken his brain for further tests, which will be conducted after two weeks,” said the family pathologist Dr Daniel Zuria.
On Tuesday, the pathologists told Ethan’s father, Jonathan Muendo Mutiso – who is the KBC correspondent in Machakos County – that should he wish to bury his son before June 21, then the baby would be interred without his brain intact.
The brain appears swollen but the rest of the organs are basically fit. The primary finding is that there was respiratory depression due to swelling of the brain as a result of the intoxication,” they said.
The medics affirmed there was a medical intervention prior to the death of the minor barely two hours after the lethal injection.
The child’s mother Juliana Mutheu says she took her son to the hospital on Saturday after the boy scalded his left hand with hot water.
At the hospital, she says a nurse administered an injection and told her to wait for about 20 minutes for it to relieve the pain, before she dressed the wound and allowed them to go home.
“He was given an injection to relieve pain and we were told to wait for about twenty minutes. The nurse then washed and dressed the wound. We went home but the child got weak,” said the mother.
The woman says when she called the hospital and alerted them of her son’s condition, the nurse told her weakness was an effect of the drugs but the child would be fine.
When the situation persisted, she took the child back to the hospital and he was admitted to the Emergency Unit where he passed away hours later.
The attendant who administered the lethal injection has since been arrested as police probe circumstances under which the boy died.
The body of the boy was taken to Montezuma Monalisa funeral home in Machakos County.
During yesterday’s postmortem exercise at Montezuma Funeral home in Machakos, the infant’s father, who is also a KBC correspondent in Machakos, Jonathan Muendo could not control his emotions.
Samples of the brain, liver and body fluids have been extracted for toxicology analysis by the government chemist to establish the chemicals present and their ratio.