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Teenage in hospital after attempts to circumcise himself failed

BY DUNCAN KIGEN
A form three boy is admitted at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital after his attempt to circumcise himself went wrong. 18-year-old Cyrus Kipkemoi last week allegedly took a bold move and circumcised himself using a knife in Cheberen village, Mogotio Sub-county of Baringo County.
According to the Eldama Ravine district hospital Medical Superintendent Mr. Philip Kamau, the boy was taken to that health facility but due to the seriousness of his state resulting from excessive bleeding, he was referred to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital for surgery.
‘’The boy was brought here and after examining him, we decided to refer him to Nakuru since at the moment we do not have a surgeon here. His health state was serious hence the need for immediate attention,’’ said Kamau, adding.
According to sources privy to the events prior and after the ‘circumcision ’, the boy from Cheberen village and who schools in one of the day secondary schools there, was supposed to undergo the passage rite late last year but his parents could not afford to fund the rite of passage.
And as we approach the month of December where such ceremonies are celebrated, the boy is said to have asked his parents of whether or not they were ready to take him through the same this year.
Our source further revealed that the answer he got from his parents did not please him because the parents are said not to have been ready again this year.
This is as a result of the shortage of food in that area as a result of prolonged drought brought about by lack of rains. The boy staring at another possible whole year being an uncircumcised, took a bold move, sharpened his knife, locked himself inside his rented room and operated on himself.
Neighbors said they were alarmed by the absence of the boy in the nearby center prompting them to inquire of his whereabouts. They say they forcefully broke into the house and found him writhing in pain.
Neighbors rushed him to Eldama Ravine District hospital where first aid was carried on him before being referred to the Nakuru’s pgh for further treatment. A corrective surgery was carried out on his private parts and by the time of going to the press, he was in stable condition and would be discharged any time according to the nurses in Nakuru.


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