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Court lifts suspension of doctor accused of killing mother and newborn twins

A doctor accused of causing the death of a mother and her newborn twins got a reprieve on Wednesday after the High Court temporarily halted her suspension.

Justice George Odunga ordered that a verdict suspending Dr Mary Nyamogo from private practice for six months be temporarily lifted.

The judge also suspended a directive from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board which required the doctor to undergo re-training at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital under the supervision of Dr Paul Nyongesa.

“Leave granted herein shall operate as a stay of the decision, ruling and orders of the medical board dated April 11 pending the hearing and determination of this case,” Justice Odunga ruled.

SUSPENSION

Dr Nyamogo moved to court to challenge board’s verdict, claiming she was not granted a fair hearing and that she received a copy of the verdict four months later.

Through lawyer Tom K’Opere, she argued that the decision to send her on suspension was reached without considering that there are other patients whose lives are dependent on her care.

In the complaint before the board, Dr Nyamogo is accused of malpractice and unethical conduct.

Mr Isaac Katilu, whose wife Margaret Katilu and their twins died on January 18, 2015, claimed that Dr Nyamogo assured the couple that the deceased would be fine and would not need an operation.

He said she later insisted on the operation, which he claimed led to the deaths. The case will be mentioned on October 25.