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Former Atlanta resident who relocated to Kenya suffers massive heart attack, family seeks financial help after surgery

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Our father is an American Citizen living abroad in Kenya. He suffered an acute heart attack and was hospitalized immediately. Unfortunately, Medicare will not cover any amount of it as it is In a foreign country.

He is retired and has no other insurance and must pay the out of pocket cost upfront. Kenyan medical care requires payment first before they initiate any procedure. The Njuguna family would like to ask for financial assistance to help cover our Dad’s hospital costs to avoid denial of life saving medical service in Kenya due to insufficient funds.

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Our goal is to prevent my Dad from having another heart attack and to bring him home to the US so that he can heal and live a long happy life with his Grandchildren and family who love him very much. On September 2nd our father John Njuguna had a heart attack while overseas in Nakuru, Kenya. Our Mom gave him aspirin and quickly rushed him to the hospital hoping for the best.

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Upon arrival at the hospital, my Dad, who was in extreme pain, did not receive timely emergency care because the mandatory payment was not provided. My family paid the sum of $2,000 US dollars up front, and the care he needed to keep him alive was finally provided. The doctors informed us that our Dad had suffered a major heart attack and the care he received broke down the clots, stabilized him, and ultimately saved his life.

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At this point, an angiogram is required to be performed to assess the damage to his heart and to determine the next procedures/treatments that will have to be done. The Dr. is hopeful that once the state of Dad’s coronary arteries is diagnosed and treatment is applied they can effectively prevent recurrence. Dad will have to make a 4 hour trip to Nairobi via an intensive care ambulance for the life saving procedure.

This procedure will be a significant cost to him and his family. The Njuguna family would like to ask for financial assistance to cover the hospital costs to help avoid denial of medical service due to insufficient funds. Thank you!

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  1. Suzanne

    September 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Was your father born in America?

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A Kenyan-born student who flew in from abroad  was on Friday detained at a high-end hotel in Nairobi for “failing to pay a Sh45,000 bill.”

However, the student -Mayombe Odubah -claims she was forcefully transferred to Pride Inn hotel by uniformed policemen following a government directive that everyone arriving in the country be isolated for two weeks.

The 20-year old law student at Middlesex University in Slic-en-slac, Mauritius told Nairobi News she informed the police, and hotel management that she could not afford to pay the Sh9,000 hotel day bill.

She also wrote a letter to the Ministry of Health explaining her financial position, a document that is in possession of Nairobi News.

“Most passengers refused to go to the hotel but police forced and threatened us,” she explained.

“I spoke to the management and informed them I didnt have the money. A Mr. Amusala told me to spend the night because I wasn’t allowed to sleep at the lobby at Sh7500 for the night and allow my matter be handled the following day. He has since stopped picking my calls. I have since been transferred to JKUAT, which is cheaper, but the hotel has refused to release me. My parents cannot afford this cost. I am worried.”

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President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced all visitors arriving in the country will be placed if forced isolation at their cost, in a move aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

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