Major milestone as KNH hand re-implant teen is discharged

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

A teenager who had his hand successfully re-implanted at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after it was chopped off by a chaff cutter has been discharged from the hospital.

Joseph Theuri, 17, was discharged two months after the seven-hour surgery performed by a team of 15 from KNH and University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences.

It is the first such operation in sub-Saharan Africa and doctors are optimistic Theuri (pictured with his mother) will regain mobility of his fingers in six months to one year.

According to the doctors, there have only been five successful cases of re-implantation; three in Italy, one in Australia and now in Kenya.

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