(Nairobi woman Rep Hon Esther Passaris at CIMS hospital, India)
Nairobi Woman Rep Hon. Esther M Passaris on 1st January 2020 successfully underwent Spinal Fusion (grade IX) Surgery at Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) Hospital in the city of Ahmedabad, India. The extremely delicate 5 hour surgery was led by Dr Keyur Buch, a world-renown Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon.
Speaking post-surgery, Hon. Passaris expressed her frustrations in trying to get the procedure done locally.
“It was not my desire to be operated on abroad but unfortunately I just couldn’t get a Kenyan team together,” she said.
Adding, “I was not getting a clear answer on the type of treatment I needed to effectively deal with the excruciating and chronic pain and I just couldn’t wait any longer.”
Dr Buch was a recommendation from Mater Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dominic Mwenja who noticed that the legislator was limping and straining during a December function to mark 16 Days of Gender Activism.
In January 2019, Hon. Passaris had a thyroidectomy which unexpectedly reactivated her sciatica. In February, her L4/L5 disc had moved by 10% so she had a pain block procedure to alleviate her agony. However, by December 2019, and despite a second pain block operation at the Aga Khan Hospital, her disk had moved by 90%, necessitating urgent medical attention as the condition had entered a dangerous state.
A report by Hon Passaris’ radiologist Dr A. Odhiambo explained how degenerative desiccation had damaged the T2 signal between her L2/L3 and L4/L5 intervertebral discs. Dr Odhiambo further noted that Hon Passaris’ lumbar lordosis was effaced due to a muscle spasm.
Although Doctors at CIMS are pleased with Hon. Passaris’ recovery progress, they estimate that it will take 2 to 3 months for her to walk unsupported, 5 to 8 months to jog and a year to be able to sprint or ride a bicycle.
254News Team thank God for Hon Esther Passaris’ successful surgery and wishes her speedy recovery and healing.