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Shalom Hospital hit with new scandal after journalist's 7-month-old baby dies

Nurse on the spot again

An ambulance parked outside the entrance to Shalom Hospital Athi River

Shalom Hospital, a private facility in Machakos County is on the spot again after a seven-month-old baby boy died shortly after receiving treatment at the institution.

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Baby Ethan Muendo, who is the son to KBC journalist Jonathan Muendo, died at the facility on Sunday in what has been termed as negligence by a nurse.

According to the family of baby Ethan Muendo, a nurse at the facility injected him with a wrong prescription that caused his death in a matter of hours.

Juliana Mutheu, baby Ethan's mother, told reporters that they went to the hospital after the baby suffered a minor burn at home on Saturday night.

According to Mutheu, baby Ethan was scalded by hot water on his left hand and they opted to go to hospital for painkillers.

Lethal Injection

A nurse at the hospital injected the child with medication that was supposed to relieve the pain but Mutheu noticed that her son got extremely weak and couldn't breastfeed when they arrived at their home.

She then called the nurse, who allegedly also contacted the lab attendant and Mutheu was advised to return the child to the hospital as the nurse suspected the weakness had been caused by the drug administered.

The child was received at the Emergency Unit of the Hospital and was pronounced dead a few minutes later.

The incident comes barely a month after a video clip went viral in which a pregnant woman was seen seated on the floor as nurses had tea in their booth.

According to the man who taped the incident, the nurses had watched as the pregnant lady delivered her baby on the floor.

Two nurses have been arrested in connection to the alleged negligence that led to baby Ethan's death and investigations are ongoing.

The hospital and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board were yet to issue statements on the incident by Monday morning.

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