MP Shah Hospital has justified how a patient, who died 12 hours after admission at the facility, incurred a huge bill of about Sh860,000.
In a statement, the hospital explained that: “As with protocol, in which every patient has the right to emergency treatment and due to her critical condition, she underwent emergency surgery by a multi-disciplinary team of surgeons.
“The patient was in a critical state and needed life support in our Intensive Care Unit. Despite the best possible medical and surgical efforts, the patient succumbed to her injuries on April 12, 2018.”
MP Shah also clarified that bills are not dictated by periods of admission but by the extent and complexity of medical procedures.
The hospital stated that it issued the family a breakdown of the bill.
The statement comes following public outcry, with many questioning the huge bill over the short period of time after the incident went viral on social media.
Kenyans have called on the hospital to show an act of humanity and release Matilda’s body for burial.
Matilda Anyango was stabbed by thugs who left her in a coma state, on the night of 11th April, 2018 in Kangemi, Nairobi.
In a bid to save her life, she was rushed to MP Shah Hospital in Westlands, which is just a few distance from where the incident took place, unfortunately she succumbed to excessive bleeding the following day at around 10am. In addition to her ultimate demise, her family was given a bill of Sh858,355.
The late Matilda was born and brought up in a humble family in Asembo, Rarieda sub-county, Siaya County. Her widowed mother who raised her up single-handedly also passed on a few years ago. Because Matilda wanted a better life for her family, she decided to find her way to Nairobi where she was doing tailoring with the aim to change the situation back home.
Her body is still at the facility for the uncleared bill. The family is reaching out to any well wisher to come for their rescue.
You can send your contribution to Charles Rayuoyi on MPESA number 0719878289. A fund drive is also scheduled for the bill on Wednesday 25 April in Nairobi.
For more information, you can reach the family through the number 0712 803639.