The 13-year-old Homa Bay girl who was raped and her private parts mutilated has been transferred to Nairobi Women’s Hospital for specialised treatment.
The minor was moved on Thursday following the intervention of the state department of gender and social services and local leaders.
She will undergo reconstructive surgery after another operation at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, acting Homa Bay Referral Hospital CEO Meshack Liru and area Woman Representative Gladys Wanga said they expect the girl’s health condition to improve.
“The surgery will be for repairing damages on girl’s private parts which were cut with a razor blade. She is unable to walk,” Liru said.
Liru said the surgery done was to control excessive bleeding.
He said the corrective surgery is to prevent the girl from having future complications, especially during childbirth.
“To avoid the rapture of the birth canal, the minor must undergo a medical procedure that will repair her damaged genitals,” Liru said.
Wanga said the girl will be attended to at Nairobi Women’s Hospital’s gender-based violence recovery centre for rehabilitation programme to help in the mental recovery.
“The minor will have psychological counselling from professionals to help her recover mentally,” Wanga said.
She said her office will provide upkeep for the girl.
Meanwhile, police have arrested eight suspects in connection to the defilement.
The suspects, whose identities being withheld by the police, were arrested on Wednesday in Homa Bay town.
Homa Bay Police Commander Marius Tum said the suspects are in custody at Homa Bay police station.
“We have crucial information and expect more arrests as we narrow down our investigations,” Tum said.
The girl sat the KCPE examination last year.