Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is the first ever hospital in East and Central Africa to conduct a successful cochlear implant surgery.
The procedure which took two hours was performed on a young lady who was diagnosed with post-lingual sensorineural hearing loss.
“The team included Dr. Menach Owen, an ENT/Otolaryngologist at MTRH, and professor Badr Edlin Mostafa from Ain Shams University, Egypt assisted by Dr. Rotich Gerald, Scrub Nurses Fransis Koskei and Fridah Kolut, and Audiologist Angela Kiragu. The Anesthesia team was lead by Dr. Kimani Mbugua, Dr. Solomon Mwau and Mr. Henry Kemei,”the hospital said in Twitter post.
According to the hospital, cochlear implant surgery is typically doe under general anesthesia, and a small incision is made behind the ear to access the cochlear.
“This surgery can be performed on pre-lingual, children below three years who have not developed hearing and speech and post-lingual older children and adults who have developed hearing and speech but lost hearing,” said the hospital.