A Kenyan family has made a public appeal to the government and Kenyans at large to help them return home after being stranded in India for one and a half years now.
In 2019, the father Walter Kabitta accompanied his 15-year-old daughter Fyona Wanjiku [who was scheduled for a kidney transplant] to India; a medical trip they embarked on following the death of Kabitta’s wife.
Although the surgery was successful, the family has not been able to travel back due to the huge bill of over 3.2 Million which they are now struggling to pay.
The total costs of the treatment and surgery was 11 Million and they only managed to pay over 7.1 Million Kenyan shillings.
Speaking to Citizen Tv, Fyona who is a form one student says they have been there since April and this was her second kidney transplant.
“I am in India since April due to my second kidney transplant and my aunt being my donor. In 2011 I was done for my first kidney transplant and my father was the donor,” she stated
Her aunt Rose Muthoni returned to Kenya shortly after the operation and her hope is to be reunited with her niece and father.
Speaking on the situation, Walter Kabitta expressed his frustration admitting that they are financially overwhelmed.
“We have overstayed in India and now we are overwhelmed financially. We have gross running expenses of over KSh 10 Million, thankfully the medical cover catered for most of the bill,” said the father.
“We have expenses of covering for new tickets because the initial ones expired and we also have daily expenses,” he added.
The surgery is a big relief to Wanjiku who has been battling kidney failure for the last 9 years and her father confirmed that there is a great improvement.
Apart from the medical bill, the family risks being homeless upon their return over rent arrears of their Mombasa home as reports indicate that their landlord has already issued them with a warning.
Following the coverage of their story by the media, Kenyans have already started mobilizing others on social media to give their donations and are tagging top politicians with the hope that they will give their contribution.
One can send their contributions to Equity Bank Paybill number: 247247 Account Number: 0010178747542 One can also send their contribution by sending to it to the Treasure Jayne Githere’s Mpesa: 0722411510
Let us bring Fyona home. She is stuck in India because of a medical bill of over 3m.. The funds can be deposited in the following account; Fyona Wanjiku Kabita Medical Bill. Equity Bank Pay Bill number; 247247
Acc. No. 0010178747542 @YvonneOkwara @LinusKaikai pic.twitter.com/9jVfNc5Vt4
— Jamila Mohamed (@JamilaMohamed) October 8, 2020