Kenyan Hospital ordered to pay for failed birth control

A court in Kenya has ordered a hospital to pay $48,000 (£31,000) to a woman who became pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant procedure.

The woman said that she had the implant because she and her husband already had two children and did not want more, and was told that it would prevent her getting pregnant for three years.

The judge said the private hospital in Nairobi had been negligent.

The Aga Khan University Hospital has not made any comment.

Despite being served the court papers, no representative from the hospital appeared in court, the judge said.

The woman told the court that she became pregnant a year after the procedure.

She said the unplanned pregnancy caused her emotional pain, financial strain and marital problems, partly because her husband thought she had lied about seeking contraception.

Contraceptive implants are inserted into the arm to stop egg production.


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