A 52 year old needy woman suffering from a kidney disease, pelvic cancer, high blood pressure and hernia among other diseases has appealed to Kenyans of goodwill to contribute money to enable her continue with treatment at the MP Shah hospital that she owes a whooping Sh.1.9 million in medical bills.
Ann Muthoni Kanyoko, though in critical condition with both legs swollen, both kidneys failing and in excruciating pain remain holed up in her home in Ngima-ini village, Mihuti location, Mukurwe-ini sub county , Nyeri, for lack of money to meet medical expenses at the Nairobi based hospital.
Muthoni who gave the press medical records from various hospital to authenticate her sad story, lamented that a tube that doctors had fixed in her left kidney to empty waste from her body was supposed to have been removed and another one fixed in the right kidney three weeks ago, but that did not happen as an additional Sh400, 000 is needed for the operation.
When KNA visited her home Monday, the mother of three jobless children aged 33, 30 and 26 was in pain and could not walk unassisted. She appealed to well-wishers to come to her rescue, adding her family had exhausted all the resources that they had to cater for her medication.
“Since my health started failing in 2014, I have been operated for about ten times and admitted to various hospitals which strained us financially. We have sold everything including cows with the last asset that we sold being a motorbike that my son used to eke a living,’’ she stressed while fighting tears.
Muthoni who was in the company of her children and husband George Kanyoko Nguru who quit his job at British American Tobacco (BAT) in 2015 to look after her, said medics have advised that she starts going for chemotherapy treatment immediately in order to stop cancer from spreading to other body parts.
“But I am yet to do so because we have no money. Every day I take medicines worth about Sh.700 to treat blood clot, hipertension and also purchase strong pain killers. Sometimes I cannot even afford these drugs leave alone the exorbitant chemo sessions,’’ she said desperately.
The family is therefore appealing to well-wishers as well as government and non-governmental organisations to contribute money to enable Muthoni access medication before it is too late. Donations can be channeled through her husband, George Kanyoko cell phone No. 0720 635 444 or hers O724705292.
By Kamiri Munyaka