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Baringo man, 45, attacked by elephant moments after being treated at hospital

Local chief Richard Chepkieng said the elephant attacked Chesang and left him with serious injuries at 6.30pm. "Residents rushed him to Kabarnet hospital after he was found unconscious, with multiple injuries,” Chepkieng said.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:34 EAT

A 45-year-old man in Baringo County suffered double tragedy after he was attacked by a stray elephant on Monday evening while walking home from hospital treatment. Mr Benjamin Chesang is nursing serious injuries at Kabarnet County Referral Hospital following the attack.

He was attacked by the jumbo near Kapnorok game reserve as he was walking to his house from Chekilet health centre in the neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet County where he had sought medication after falling ill for three days.

Local chief Richard Chepkieng said the elephant attacked Chesang and left him with serious injuries at 6.30pm. "Residents rushed him to Kabarnet hospital after he was found unconscious, with multiple injuries,” Chepkieng said.

He called on locals to be cautious while walking near the game reserve, adding that Kenya Wild Service officials in the game reserve have been notified of the attack.

Doctors at Kabarnet County Referral Hospital said they had stabilized the man. Paul Kandie, a senior nurse at the hospital said Chesang sustained multiple injuries on his head, hands and legs.

“We are still examining the patient. He was brought in with several fractures on his limbs and head,” he said. The incident took place after migrating elephants destroyed at least 30 acres of crops in Kerio Valley in August.

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