In Summary
  • Ms Martha Kabura, 58, accompanied her daughter Jerusha Wanjiru, who had taken her six-year-old son Ian Kariuki for treatment.
  • The boy died while undergoing treatment for stomach cancer.
  • Worshipers at ACK St Stephen Mukuyu have organised a fundraiser in a bid to bail out the devastated family.

A mother and her daughter who hail from Murang’a County are stuck in India after a hospital declined to release their travel documents until they pay a bill amounting to Sh2 million.

Ms Martha Kabura, 58, had accompanied her daughter Jerusha Wanjiru, who had taken her six-year-old son Ian Kariuki three weeks ago to Rainbow Children's Hospital in Hyderabad, India for treatment but he died a week ago while receiving treatment.

The boy who was suffering from stomach cancer was referred to India by MP Shah Hospital but he died on December 29, 2018 leaving behind a bill of Sh2 million including mortuary fees.

He was a pupil at St Bakhita School in Nairobi.

PASSPORTS SEIZED

Ms Elizabeth Wanjiru, a family member who is in Kenya, said her mother and sister had their passports seized by the hospital and are now living in a rented single room in India for which they pay Sh3,000 daily.

Ms Wanjiru added that the two are also facing communication difficulties due to language barriers and have to use gestures signs to communicate with locals in order to get food and other daily services.

"We are now praying for my mother and my sister for God's intervention since we have exhausted all what we had saved. On top of the hospital bill in India we still have other bills at the Agha Khan Hospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital and MP Shah Hospital," Ms Wanjiru told the Nation.

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