Kenyans Raise Ksh107K in Minutes to Rescue Woman From Hospital

  • An ICU facility at a Kenyan hospital
    An ICU facility at a Kenyan hospital
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  • Kenyans joined hands to raise Ksh107,000 in minutes to carter for a hospital bill of a woman who was admitted a Nyeri hospital, in a show of solidarity and the power of social media.  

    A Kenyan man identified as Duncan Kagai asked for help to offset his wife’s bill, saying that he was nearly sinking into depression. 

    “I am currently engulfed in total darkness as problems have engulfed me. I got a hospital bill for my ailing wife,” he stated, adding that the matter was compounded by the fact that they were not members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). 

    He added that he had kids to care of and would occasionally video call them while visiting his wife to allow them to get in touch with their ailing mother. 

    A file image of Nyeri town.
    A file image of Nyeri town.
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    His tweet caught the attention of Njeri Muchina, the CEO and founder of Maximum Cleaning Hub based in Meru. 

    Njeri, who also works as a consultant aiding firms to develop strategic business plans, reached out to the hospital to ascertain the factuality of Kagai’s pleas. 

    “Given the way social media is filled with sob stories (people seeking sympathy), I called the hospital in Nyeri and they confirmed that they have Dan’s wife as a patient. Someone else had also called to confirm the same.

    “As of this morning (Thursday, June 2), the bill was at Ksh107,000,” Njeri updated. 

    She further rallied Kenyans to support the embattled man, asking them to send their contributions to Kagai’s number (as he had provided online), rather than the hospital’s pay bill which would have required extensive follow-up. 

    “Because this is a genuine case, send whatever you have so that we get that mum and wife out of the hospital,” Njeri Muchina urged Kenyans. 

    She also kept on updating her pages and also provided hospital receipts shared by Kagai who was grateful for the aid accorded to him

    "Less than an hour ago, I came and asked all of you to come together we send a mother, a wife back home to her family. You have come through in a mighty way, and for that, my heart is full. You have done beyond! The bill is paid 100 per cent. I will post the receipt as soon as I receive it.

    “Thank you. The wife will go home to her husband and babies. Wamesema mbarikiwe sana. Mimi I have no words. I love you all. (They have blessed you all and as for me, I have nothing more to say than appreciate you all),” an overwhelmed Njeri lauded Kenyans for their generosity, kindness and unselfishness. 

    A nurse attends to a patient at an ICU ward at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in January 2020
    A nurse attends to a patient in a Kenyan hospital.
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    Counsellors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.