Margaret Wambui (left) and Anne Wanjiru during the interview with Nairobi News at Nation Centre. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYUMargaret Wambui (left) and Anne Wanjiru during the interview with Nairobi News at Nation Centre. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYU
By HILARY KIMUYU

A family from Naakuru has made an appeal to well wishers to help them secure the body of their kin which has been detained at a private hospital since December last year for non-payment of bills.

According to family members, MedHeal Hospital located in Nakuru County has kept the body of their mother at the mortuary for the last four months.

Their late mother, who was 73 years old at the time of her death, feel sick and was rushed to St Mary Hospital in Gilgil in December after she complained of a headache.

She was then transferred to MedHeal for specialized treatment after the doctors at St Mary found out that she had internal bleeding in her head.

SH 1.1MILLION BILL

She died a week after being admitted to the hospital having incurred a bill of Sh1.1 million which family was unable to settle.

“With such a huge bill, the authorities refused to hand over the body to us,” narrated Anne Wanjiru, a daughter to the deceased.

The distraught family members were almost in tears as they narrated their ordeal to Nairobi News on Wednesday.

The family members have desperately tried to talk to the management of the hospital but all their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

“We even went and camped outside the owner of the hospital’s house for four days. But all he said was that he could only waiver of Sh150,000 from the accumulated amount,” added Wanjiru.

ACCUMULATING BILL

The family is concerned by the fact that as the body continues staying in the mortuary, the bill also continues to accumulate.

So far the family has only been able to raise Sh250,000 from three harambee’s they have organized.

“We are all small scale farmers and are not earning much and so this is a major crisis for us. If we fail to raise the required amount, what then will happen to our mother?” a teary Wanjiru  posed.

The family also feels hard done by the hospital authorities for failing to consider their circumstances.

The family can be reached through Margaret Wambui on cellphone number 0701889010.