Man amputated after hyena attack

By Mercy Imali

A 34-year old man’s leg has been amputated after he was attacked by a hyena.  Doctors at Machakos level 5 Referral hospital said the man required amputation and a blood transfusion. The victim, Nicholas Maingi suffered heavy bleeding and acute disfiguration of bones and tissues.

Maingi hails from Kyeleni village in Matungulu Sub County.

A medic said, “We received the patient from Kangundo Hospital and he was immediately booked to theatre where the leg was amputated. He is responding well to treatment.”

Maingi encountered the beast on his way home from the shopping Centre. He had gone to watch the ongoing African Cup of Nations match.

“It was a hyena. It attacked me and I was later rescued by neighbors who rushed me to the hospital,” he said.

Kyeleni village has been prone to frequent human-wildlife conflict due its proximity to the Kilimambogo game reserve.