Woman sues Sigowet hospital for infecting her with HIV-virus


A woman from Homa Bay is accusing Sigowet sub-county hospital for reportedly giving her HIV-infected blood during blood transfusion at the facility in February.
Lilian Atieno, 31, says she was admitted at the hospital with low haemoglobin levels when she was pregnant when the incident happened.
She says that she was discharged three days later, but would realise the harm in April when she learnt that she had contracted the virus.
This, she realised, during a routine test, after giving birth at the Rachuonyo Level Four Hospital in Homa Bay.
“The doctors told me the likely way I could have been infected was through the blood transfusion and they contacted Sigowet Hospital to question what could have transpired,” she says.
She then reported the botched transfusion at Sondu Police Station, but on returning to Sigowet, the lead doctor, one Dr Langat, allegedly termed the incident a ‘mere’ accident.
However, the hospital’s laboratory manager James Cheruiyot dismissed Atieno’s allegations, saying that though the hospital does not screen blood, the blood comes after being screened at the Nakuru blood bank.
“But we know blood is screened before being transfused to any sick person at any blood bank centre. It is not true the hospital gives contaminated blood to anyone requiring the blood,” Cheruiyot said.
Atieno has since joined her mother in Nairobi as she seeks justice for the mess which she says has now condemned her to daily Anti-retroviral pills.


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