Karen DCI Officer Anne Waiganjo succumbed to a deep vein disease, a physical examination conducted on Thursday, July 7, revealed.
Dr Johansen Oduor, who conducted an autopsy at Kenyatta University funeral home, said Waiganjo had blood on his left leg, which affected his heart function.
The investigation was carried out by the family, a murder detective, among others.
“He had deep vein thrombosis, which caused pulmonary embolism; gas in the pulmonary artery,” said Dr. Oduor, a senior government specialist.
In a report submitted to Capitol Hill station, Waiganjo collapsed on Saturday July 3 at a Baita restaurant in Upperhill, where he was attending a farewell ceremony for outgoing DCI Makadara officer Henry Kiambati.
He was taken to a Nairobi hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Lang’ata Sub-County Criminal Investigation Officer Abdirashid Yakub said Waiganjo collapsed at 5.30pm on Saturday.
According to his colleagues, who were present at the farewell ceremony for Kiambati, Waiganjo had complained of chest pains shortly before the fall.
The deceased was the younger sister of Joshua Waiganjo, who was arrested in January 2013 after allegedly pretending to be the deputy commissioner of police for five years. However, justice set him free.
About deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more deep veins within your body, usually on your feet, according to mayoclinic.org.
Deep vein thrombosis can cause pain or swelling in the legs, but it can also occur without any symptoms.
You can get DVT if you have certain medical conditions that affect your blood clot. Blood clots in your legs can also occur if you do not move for long periods, such as after surgery or an accident, while traveling long distances, or in bed.
Deep vein thrombosis can be very serious because the blood vessels in your arteries can break, travel through your bloodstream and get stuck in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism). However, pulmonary embolism can occur without signs of DVT.
When DVT and pulmonary embolism occur together, it is called venous thromboembolism (VTE).
There are many factors that can increase your risk of getting DVT. The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk of DVT. Risk factors for DVT include: age (people over 60 are more likely to develop DVT), injury or surgery, pregnancy, obesity, smoking, family history, heart failure, among others.
Pulmonary embolism (PE), which killed the Waiganjo, is a life-threatening complication associated with DVT. It occurs when the blood vessels in your lungs are blocked by a blood (thrombus) that travels to your lungs from another part of your body, usually your leg.
It is important to get immediate medical help if you have symptoms and symptoms of PE. Sudden breathing, chest pain when you breathe or cough, rapid breathing, rapid pulse, feeling weak or fainting, and coughing up blood can occur with PE.