Heroic Khalwale performs 2-hour life-saving surgery on lecturer

The lecturer had sustained machete cuts on his head and arm.


• He pursued medicine in the University of Nairobi from 1980 to 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

• He was posted as a medical officer in Nairobi at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kakamega, Kisii, Machakos, Msambwebi and Kirinyaga districts.

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale in a Mukumu Hospital ward on June 24,2023.
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Saturday was not a typical workday for Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale when he was asked to do surgery at Mukumu Hospital.

Sebastian Lidigu, a lecturer at Kisumu Polytechnic, was severely hurt with a machete after being allegelly attacked, according to a statement from Khalwale.

However, the senator arrived at Mukumu Hospital in time and completed a two-hour surgery.

"Kisumu Polytechnic lecturer Sebastian Lidigu was this morning grievously injured. Am glad to have saved his life after a grueling 2hrs 10 min operation at Mukumu Hospital," he said.

In the images Khalwale posted, Lidigu can be seen with numerous injuries on his head and arm.

The bandaged arm.
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What precipitated the attack has not yet been determined. Khalwale worked in medicine prior to entering politics.

From 1980 to 1987, he studied medicine at the University of Nairobi and earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

He was assigned as a medical officer to the Kakamega, Kisii, Machakos, Msambwebi, and Kirinyaga districts of Nairobi's Kenyatta National Hospital.

He said that between 1988 and 1990, in the then Kakamega District (now Kakamega County), he gained his first practical management experience.

He boasted of having made sure that all hospitals, health centers, and dispensaries were fully operating with enough staff and a steady supply of medication and vaccines.

Later, he entered private practice in the cities of Mombasa and Kakamega, where he advanced to entering politics.

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