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Woman,74, in agony after surgeons put implant in wrong leg

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A woman was left in agony after bungling surgeons put an implant in the wrong leg during her double knee replacement operation.

Barbara Barnes, 74, went under the knife two years ago to have an implant put in her right knee but surgeons accidentally put it in her left joint instead.

Since then, she has endured months of pain and has had to have further surgery to fix the implant in the right knee as well as more corrective operations in the future.

East Cheshire NHS Trust admitted the mistake which happened at Macclesfield Hospital but Mrs Barnes has now instructed solicitors Irwin Mitchell to investigate her treatment.

The gran, who has four grown-up children and seven grandchildren, said: “I had been struggling with my knees for years, so getting the green light on the replacements was exciting.

“However, after the first procedure, something just didn’t seem right. I was extremely worried that something had gone wrong, but kept being told that everything was fine.

“Being told that a right-sided implant had been used on my left knee was a huge shock.

“It’s the kind of basic error that you would not expect when undergoing major surgery. I still can’t believe it happened.

“The issues raised by the investigation were very concerning, but it is at least welcome that measures can be taken to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

“You put a huge amount of trust in doctors and something like this impacts on that massively.

“I just hope that the NHS prevents this issue from happening again.”

After suffering with knee problems for many years Mrs Barnes, who is married to John, 73, opted to have a double knee replacement.

She was due to have her left knee operated on first in October 2018, but after the surgery she was still in pain.

In January last year the National Joint Registry, the body which monitors the performance of replacement implants, contacted East Cheshire NHS Trust concerned about irregularities in four cases.

Following a review, Mrs Barnes’ case was identified and a report found that the type of implant Barbara had were stored together, with left-sided items on the right side of the box, and right-sided items on the left.

The Trust also said how it was standard practice for three checks to be carried out on a knee implant- one by a member of the theatre team, then by scrub nurse and thirdly by the surgeon.

The Trust deemed that the checking process was not robust enough and have since made changes to procedures.

The checking procedure in theatre has also been amended to ensure the doctors and scrub nurses read the information on the item.

Rebecca Hall, specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “This is a hugely concerning case in which clear issues, which you would struggle to make up, have been identified.

“Some of the simple and preventable mistakes have gone on to have a profound effect on Barbara.

“Patients who undergo joint replacement surgery place huge faith in medical staff and cases like this only serve to undermine that.

“While nothing can make up for what Barbara has been through we are pleased that the Trust has admitted it failings and identified new procedures.

“It is vital that these new procedures are communicated to all staff and that policies are upheld at all time to improve patient care.”

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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