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Nairobi doctor commits suicide in her car at Kenyatta Hospital

A 35-year-old, paediatrician has left family confused after committing suicide in her car at Kenyatta National Hospital’s parking lot.

The deceased, Dr Lydia Wahura Kanyoro was found inside her car a while after the mysterious incident.

The occurrence has necessitated calls to address mental stress among medical student practitioners.

Kanyoro is said to have left an ongoing MA class at the University of Nairobi, within the hospital before the suicide.

Two bottles of anaesthesia drugs, ketamine and midazolam, and a syringe were discovered.

Ketamine is a drug that is used to induce and maintain anaesthesia.

The deceased left behind a printed suicide note.

The note is being analyzed by detectives.

Fellow students labelled her as a bright professional and top-performing student.

Dr Wahura was a Masters student in the field of medicine at the University of Nairobi located within KNH.

Eyewitnesses confirmed they saw her on June 12 checking to the lecture hall at around 9 am.

She registered for her classes then left a few minutes later, and headed to her car at around 9:30 am.

A postmortem on her body was scheduled for today to determine the cause of her death.

Police have started their investigations to determine the reason behind the suicide.

Police said she had called some of her relatives to tell them where she was and what she had planned to do, before taking her life.

The suicide note was published from an email dated June 12 at 9 am that detailed why she decided to end her life.

According to the head of security at the School of Medicine, George Onyango, he spotted the body in the back seat of Kanyoro’s car in the hospital’s parking lot on Saturday at 1 pm.

The body was found lying in the back seat of the car.

Kilimani OCPD Andrew Muturi said the ketamine and midazolam found in Kanyoro’s car were taken to the Government Chemist for examination.

He added that they are yet to determine what led to the incident.

“We are also in possession of a printed suicide note believed to have been authored by the deceased which will also be subjected to analysis to establish if it was indeed, among other things, written by the deceased,” said the OCPD.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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