2 Kenyans stranded in India over Sh2 million bill

Family members stuck abroad over unpaid bill

Jerusha Wanjiku with her son Ian Kariuki in a past event in Nairobi (Nation)

A mother and daughter are stranded in India over an unpaid Sh2 billion hospital bill after the death of the daughter’s son while undergoing treatment.

The hospital in Hyderabad refused to release the travel documents for the mother identified as Martha Kabura and daughter Jerusha Kariuki.

Kabura had accompanied Kariuki to the Asian country for the treatment of her daughter’s son Ian Kariuki three weeks ago, who was suffering from stomach cancer as reported by Nation.

Kariuki had been referred to the hospital in India by MP Shah Hospital for special treatment for Ian.

The six-year old boy however passed on December 29 while undergoing treatment.

According to a family member, Elizabeth Wanjiru, the two were forced to stay in a rented single room that goes for Sh3,000 daily.

"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,” stated Wanjiru.

Appeal to the government

Wanjiru stated that the deceased was a pupil at St. Bakhita School in Nairobi and had hoped that he would have made a full recovery.

"We had hoped that the child would regain his health and continue with his education and inspire many people but God had other plans. My mother and sister are now living in fear of the unknown as they are not sure that we shall raise the hospital bill,” remarked the concerned family member.

The family member requested for the government to intervene in facilitating the return of the two family members in order to finalise burial plans for the late Ian.

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