Conjestina detained over hospital bill
22 October 2013, 13:13
Kisumu - A few days after the country celebrated its heroes and heroines during Mashujaa Day, one of Kenya’s sporting legends lies detained in hospital over unpaid bills.
Former world boxing champion Conjestina Achieng, the first African woman to possess an international title, is being detained in a Kisumu hospital after accruing KES 529 000 ($ 6080) in medical arrears.
The 36-year-old was admitted to hospital about 2 months ago because of Schizo-affective disorder, also known as paranoid schizophrenia, a mental disorder that forced her to quit the sport.
The former boxer was scheduled to leave hospital on Sunday after showing great improvement but the doctors detained her over the outstanding medical bills.
Achieng’s father, Clement Adalo said they had organized for a fundraiser but only managed to collect KES 60 000 which was way below the required amount.
He called on well-wishers to come out and help his daughter since the hospital charges KES 5 000 for every night spent at the hospital. This increases the bill already accumulated.
Adalo expressed dissatisfaction at the way the government had turned its back on her daughter despite the fact that she had brought honor to the country during her active years.
“My daughter is confident she will get back to the gymnasium but currently she feels government and the world have abandoned her despite her outstanding performance that earned her respect in the country and internationally,” he said.
Adalo claims the situation was likely to complicate Conjestina’s progress as it was building stress.
“Hands of Stone”, as she is also known, became the first African woman to land a world title after beating Ugandan Fiona Fugume to take the vacant middleweight title in 2004.
She specialized on knockouts. In her heyday, her fights drew thousands of crowds.
– CAJ News