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During a basketball game between St Mary’s School and Highway Secondary in Nairobi on the afternoon of February 8, 2005, rising star Jacob Ondeko, who was playing for the former, fractured his nose after being elbowed.

Jacob’s team eventually won the game 75-55. Three days later, his father, John, took him to Nairobi Hospital for a procedure to help correct the effects of the fracture. At this point, his nose was bent.

Before the surgery, the initial anaesthetist, Dr Moniz Gerald, was removed, and Dr Praxedes Mandu Okutoyi brought in. Dr Okutoyi put Jacob to sleep in what would change the young man’s life forever.

CLOSE TO DYING

After the procedure and when Jacob’s head was being undraped, Dr Okutoyi shouted that the patient’s lips were blue. This meant that Jacob was close to dying. On checking, he had no pulse.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was done and his heartbeat restored before he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

Jacob, then 17, had suffered hypoxic brain damage, a condition caused by interruption of oxygen to the brain. Once oxygen supply to the brain is cut, an individual loses consciousness after about 15 seconds. After four minutes, brain damage sets in.

For the next three months, Jacob was confined to Nairobi Hospital.

On Wednesday, High Court Judge George Odunga ordered Nairobi Hospital and Dr Okutoyi to pay Jacob Sh44.5 million for the negligence that led to the brain damage.

The operating surgeon, Dr Chimmy Omamo Olende, was absolved of wrongdoing in the judgment that also awarded Sh1 million to each of Jacob’s parents. Judge Odunga held that the injuries were not as a result of the surgical procedure, but failure on the part of anaesthetist.

Jacob’s parents — Dr John Ondeko and Dr Margaret Ondeko — had in 2008 sued Dr Okutoyi, Dr Olende and Nairobi Hospital for negligence on behalf of their son.

FAILING TO MONITOR

Nairobi Hospital’s Standard Audit and Ethics Committee in 2005 placed blame on Dr Okutoyi for failing to monitor Jacob after administering anaesthesia. The same decision was reached by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board, and now the High Court.

“Jacob is hereby awarded a total of Sh43,460,000 being damages for pain, suffering, loss of amenities, costs of the minder, future medical expenses and loss of learning capacity to be paid jointly and severally by Dr Okutoyi and Kenya Hospital Association (Nairobi Hospital), Sh1,071,080 being special damages to be paid jointly and severally by Dr Okutoyi and Kenya Hospital Association (Nairobi Hospital),” the judge ruled.

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The awards started accumulating interest yesterday, and will continue to do so until Jacob, who is currently in a wheelchair, and his parents are paid in full.

When Jacob joined Form One at St Mary’s School from Nairobi Pentecostal Church Academy (now Citam School), his excellence in just about everything was evident.

Apart from being one of the most prolific basketball players, he was also a great footballer, swimmer and sprinter.

Before long, the entire school knew Jacob and even nicknamed him “Bondex”.

At St Mary’s, there was a popular saying. “Maumivu yakizidi, tumia Bondex,” which translates into when symptoms persist, use Bondex. The line is corrupted from pharmaceutical advertisements that advise people to seek medical attention if symptoms persist after using a particular drug.

CLOSE FRIENDSHIP

One of his friends, Mr Philip Moturi, told the Nation that they met in Form One (2002) and have continued their close friendship since.

“I remember when we made it to the nationals for the first time since 1997, he was an integral part of the team. He wasn’t the tallest guy but he had freakishly long hands and great flight so he would play in the big man’s position. Towards the end of every game, we would call a time-out then agree to burn the remaining time with individual skills,” Moturi reminisces.

But his brilliance was not only in sports. In 2004, Jacob was named the best actor in St Mary’s after his display in a play about the school left many in awe. He was also a great guitarist and piano player.

“He would go to the music centre, pick up a guitar and start playing. Students, mostly ladies, who were even two years ahead of us, would make music requests and he would play any of those songs off-head. He could do that with either the guitar or the piano. In Form Three, he became the most popular kid in school,” Mr Moturi added.

One of Jacob’s oldest friends, Germany-based lawyer Ian Innocent Ogutu, still remembers the game against Highway very vividly.

“I wasn’t able to see him for a while (after the botched surgery) but when I went to the hospital I almost collapsed next to his bed. The guy I was with from Class One was lying there. I came back (to Kenya) in November last year, paid him a visit. We chatted, celebrated his birthday, ate ice cream … it was amazing,” Ian said in a phone interview.

Jacob’s parents told the Nation on Wednesday that they would comment only after going through the 400-page judgment.

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New Bae? Sherlyne Anyango Gets Naughty With Mzungu In The States (Video)

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After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.

Love At First Sight?

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Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.

While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.

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”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”

In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;

  ”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”

Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.

Below is the video;


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Tips to help you get the perfect blazer Eve woman

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 Choosing a blazer is key as it can either break or make your outfit (Image: Pinterest)

 

When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.

Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:

 Always go for a colour that will pair well with most pieces in your closet (Image: Pinterest)

Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?

Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.

When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.

It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.

Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.

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 The design and texture of a blazer will play heavily on how good you look (Image: Pinterest)

A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.

There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.

Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.

Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.

Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.

 The longer the blazer, the more you can play around with your pieces (Image: Pinterest)

They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.

Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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