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Hospital detains infant with heart problem over KES 80,000 bill

01 September 2015, 08:07 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - A Nakuru hospital is detaining a three-week-old baby, who needs specialised care, over a KES 80 000 bill.

Godwin Mwenje has a large heart and needs to be transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment, but his mother Gladys Wairimu cannot afford the medical bill.

Mwenje was born prematurely at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital.

“He was born at eight months but the nurses and doctors were on strike at that time. I was alone and weak after delivery and could not help myself,” Wairimu said.

Mwenje cannot suckle and is being fed through tubes.

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Mwenje was then transferred to Evans Sunrise Medical Centre for special treatment, where doctors discovered that he has a large heart.

Wairimu is jobless and has three other children.

The hospital administration has however denied claims that it is holding the baby, saying they are looking for a hospital to take Mwenje to.

But Wairimu has insisted that she was told she can only take the child to KNH once she clears the bill.

Director of Clinical Services, Timothy Olweny said the hospital is ready to release the boy.

“We are awaiting for the family to decide which hospital they want the child taken to,” Olweny said.

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