The 25-year old Embu man who was stopped by the government to travel to India for a kidney transplant is dead.
Kenneth Kamau Kinyua succumbed to kidney failure at Nairobi West hospital leaving behind a huge bill of Sh 980,000.
The family of the young man is now calling upon well wishers and the government to assist them in settling the hospital bill so that they can be able to bury the deceased.
Speaking at their home in Kangari village in Runyenjes sub county, the deceased’s parent said they had sold all their properties in trying to save his life. “We cannot be able to raise such amount of money, we sold everything, our house is empty with nothing else to sell,” said David Kinyua, the deceased’s father.
Zipporah Wanja, Kamau’s mother said that they are now living in abject poverty and they cannot be able to raise the pending hospital bill by their own.
She added that the family had attached title deeds and a car log book at different hospitals.
“He has been in and out of different hospitals at different times and were forced to charge our land at some point to secure his release,” she said amid tears.
However, they said their son would have survived if the government had allowed him to travel to India for specialised treatment.
The ministry of health had said such services were available in Kenya and there was no need of Kenneth Kinyua travelling outside the country.
The deceased was an Information Technology student at Mt Kenya University and was diagnosed with stage five kidney failure in the year 2017 and has been surviving on three dialysis sessions every week before his death.
“He underwent three surgeries, I think this led to his kidneys failing,” said John Kandia, his guardian.
Kandia said that upon his death Kamau was dangerously underweight at 30 down from 65 kilograms last year.
The needy, elderly family is now calling upon the government, well wishers and other organisations of good will to come to their help of securing the hospital bill so that they can be able to bury their son.
We are appealing to well wishers, people of good will to support us raise Sh980, 000 for us to be able to bury our son,” said Wanja.
The family noted that Kamau has been suffering from other opportunistic ailments which costed more than Sh35,000 daily treating.
Help can be sent through Pay bill number, 222911, Account number, kamau#.
Approximately 10,000 Kenyans travel abroad every year in search of treatment, according to the ministry of Health.
A 2015 survey by the ministry found that 40 per cent of Kenyans who traveled overseas for treatment had renal (kidney) diseases.
The rest suffered other diseases, which included cancer, spinal disease, tissue disorders and peripheral vascular disorders among others.
The patients said they chose to go abroad because of lack of enough specialists and specialised medical equipment, long waiting periods, especially for cancer treatment and kidney transplants, and the high cost of treatment in Kenya.