New bid to fundraise for Kenyan patient ejected out of plane
Funds targetThe group hopes to raise at least Sh2.5 million although they fear Wangari’s hospital bill might shoot up to Sh3.9 million. “We thought that it might be too late and she would probably lose her leg if she waited for us to complete the walk. We therefore decided to fly her out to commence treatment while we raise more funds,” said Kariithi Wambui, who is taking part in the walk. The group estimates that the walk will take one-and-a-half months, taking them from Nyeri through Nairobi to Mombasa. “Wherever we pass through homesteads to ask for money, we have to explain our mission and why we need the money,” said another member of the group. By yesterday, the group had walked to Nairobi. Wangari was involved in an accident in November 2017 which led to her being hospitalised for a year in Mombasa and Nairobi. An authorisation letter from the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) signed by Dr Samson Kuhora indicated that she had been diagnosed with an infection of the bone as well as massive bone loss. According to Ms Wambui, Wangari had been surviving on antibiotics and pain killers as her condition worsened and the infection spread from the knee to the thighbone of her left leg.
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