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Doctors Breaks Record By Doing This To An Old Woman’s Face

Shadrack Olaka





A multi-disciplinary team of medics at MTRH have succeeded in removing a cystic growth from a 68-year-old Beatrice Nanjala Makokha.

Finally, the many years of agony, extra load on the face and obstructed sight have come to an end for Beatrice Nanjala, a 68-year-old woman from Bungoma County, who underwent a successful surgical operation of removing a cystic growth.

The woman underwent the extensive 4-hour procedure at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, in the county of Uasin-Gishu.

A cyst is a sac-like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances and can grow anywhere in a person’s body or under the skin. Cysts are in many different types, with a most of them being noncancerous.

Beatrice had to bear with a cyst on her face for many years.

Albeit, the suffering came to an end on the Tuesday 13th of April, when a multi-disciplinary team of medics at the MTRH successfully rescued Beatrice of the abnormal mass of tissue.

Dr. Wilson Aruasa, The MTRH CEO, told the media on Tuesday, 13th of April that the mass removed had three litres of dermoid (bizarre but noncancerous) fluid which had not spread to the brain.

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The patient’s face was professionally covered with a dura patch and cranium mesh.

The surgical procedure which was led by MTRH Surgeon, Dr. Francis Thuku (Maxillofacial Surgeon), Dr. Wabwile Machimoto (Ophthalmologist), Anesthesiologists Dr. Elisha Kirwa, Dr. Geoffrey Wasike (Neurosurgeon ), Dr. Werunga Kituyi and Scrub Nurse Edward Avula took four hours.

Bungoma County Hospital had referred the patient to the MTRH on the Thursday, 8th of April.

After being taken through a series of tests, the doctors recommended that Beatrice should be operated.

Beatrice Nanjala will be observed at the facility for about one week, before being discharged.

The CEO said that Nanjala’s treatment cost totaled to Sh550,000 which she won’t pay since she comes from a financially challenged background, but her bill will be catered for by the hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, which aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage.


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