Ex-Minister's Family Appeals Ksh2M for Grandaughter's Heart Surgery

  • Stock image of the Kenyatta National Hospital.
    Stock image of the Kenyatta National Hospital.
    The Standard
  • The family of former Cabinet Minister Paul Ngei is appealing for medical funds worth of Ksh 2 million for his ailing great-granddaughter.

    Petra Nthenya Soila is set to undergo a heart surgery in India after she was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) with pulmonary hypertension, a disease where one has two holes in the heart.

    Following her diagnosis, the family is appealing to Kenyans of goodwill to help in raising the amount to help Soila get open heart surgery at Miot Centre for Children’s Cardiac Care, India.

    Petra Nthenya Soila and her grandmother Ruth Ngei pose for a photo
    Petra Nthenya Soila and her grandmother Ruth Ngei pose for a photo
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    “We have spent the last few months trying to raise money and we have received a few donations from well-wishers, but they have not been enough to meet the required amount," Ruth Ngei, the girl's grandmother stated.

    She added that Soila's health was quickly deteriorating and that time was of the essence.

    "With the symptoms that the baby has experienced the last few weeks, we don’t know if we can wait any longer," she added.

    Dr Naomi Gachara, a paediatric Cardiologist at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) stated that Soila's surgery could not be done in Kenya due to the severity of her pulmonary pressures.

    If all goes well, Soila's surgery will help her lead a normal life.

    The appeal came just days after former Kieni MP Nemesyus Warugongo appealed to Kenyans to assist him in offsetting medical bills that have accumulated for years. 

    The fundraising is set to take place today (Thursday), November 26, at the Panafric hotel in Upper Hill, Nairobi from 4 pm.. to 8 p.m.

    "Contributions can also be sent through pay bill numbers. We thank Hon Kanini Kega for supporting the MP (even before we settled on a fundraiser. Let us (area residents) remember how we used to invite him to so many fundraisers during his times," Dickson Ndirangu, an aide to Kieni MP Kanini Kega stated.

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    Former Kieni MP Nemesyus Warugongo at Nyeri Central Police station in 2016
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