Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioner Thomas Letangule will receive Ksh2.6 million from a health facility as compensation for his wife’s death during childbirth.
Letangule’s wife, Esther Letangule, had died in April 2013 at the Family Care Medical Centre, which he blamed for her death.
The ex-IEBC Commissioner sued the health facility for special damages.
In her ruling on Thursday, October 22, Justice Lucy Njuguna stated that there was medical negligence by Family Care Medical Centre, which led to the death of Letangule’s wife.
In his case, Letangule told the court that on April 10, 2013, his wife visited Family Medical Care Centre, Nairobi, for antenatal care after she had complained of blurred vision, swelling of the limbs and face and a severe headache.
However, upon arriving at the facility, she wasn’t immediately attended to despite being admitted to the facility.
Her condition, consequently, deteriorated, leading to her death on April 10, the same day she was admitted to the hospital.
“The plaintiff (Thomas Letangule) avers that the aforesaid injury, pain and subsequent death was solely caused by the negligence and carelessness of the hospital at the material time, and the plaintiff holds them liable for the breach of their duty of care,” read a part of Justice Njuguna’s judgement.
Letangule said that shortly before his wife’s death, she was healthy, and lived a happy life.
Family Care Medical Centre, however, denied being negligent while attending to Esther Letangule. The hospital said in court that it had attended to Mrs Letangule with utmost professionalism.