Boys back after penis surgery in Spain

Two boys whose penises were chopped off in a bizarre incident are back, following successful constructive surgeries in Spain.

Oscar Kituyi and Philip Barasa jetted in on Monday night accompanied by Dr Ken Jones, who helped to arrange the trip. They were received by representatives of Lumboka international community, who donated Sh185,000 for their treatment.

The two were attacked in Bungoma last year by a cult-like group said to use boys’ penises for as medicine.

It was all smiles for the two as they awaited airport clearance after the surgery in Valencia.

Said Mr Eric Makokha, one of those who received them: “You would never guess they had been through anything bad. Laughing, joking jumping up and down.”

They can now live normally, but Oscar, whose testicles are irreplaceable will forever use a patch on his wrist to supply male growth hormones.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Dr Jones said: “The surgery on both boys went on well. They were very brave. They can urinate and have sex when they get older, and I’m confident that they are going to have fruitful and active lives,” added the doctor who works with Aids patients in Bungoma.

Dr Jones said he was very grateful to the five doctors in Spain he described as “kind and open-hearted”.

Although the operation took three days, he said, the boys spent six weeks in hospital under specialised treatment.

Lumboka chairman John Wafula thanked Dr Pedro Cavadas for making the operation possible.

Lumboka International Community is composed of people with roots in Western Kenya. It also has members in the diaspora.

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Daily Nation, Kenya
Mar. 9, 2005

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