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Nakuru doctors perform historic surgery on 4-year-old boy

Doctors from Nakuru Level Five Hospital have performed a successful neck surgery on a four-year-old boy, Loperok Chisirwen, to remove a rare irregular growth.

It was an operation of a kind performed by a team of doctors to remove the Glomus Vagale tumour on the boy from West Pokot County.

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Through a Facebook post on Nakuru County Government page, the boy’s dad stated that a year ago the boy developed breathing and feeding difficulties.

“It feels good to see my son breathe without difficulties. This condition had given me sleepless nights, from the time he developed it,” said Domongolui.

The surgery was led by a nose, ear throat, head and neck surgeon Michael Situma in assistance of anesthesiologists.

The 16 centimeter long tumor reportedly took over five hours to be completed.

Medics disclosed that the tumor was located deep in the neck and affected the vagus nerve which helps in swallowing, breathing and for vocal cords.

The lead doctor, Situma explained that the vagus tumor grows in a dangerous area in the neck.

Situma further said that the tumor grows due to abnormal growth of cells that form a unique nerve cell in the head and neck.

Delay in seeking treatment made the surgery more complex,” explained Situma. “The tumour had spread to other vital organs in the neck but a well-equipped theatre made the surgery a success,” he added.

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Nakuru County Medical Superintendent Aisha Maina reported that due to the hospitals enhanced service delivery, they have been receiving multiple complex referrals.

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