A row is simmering between a private hospital in Thika town and a family over the death of their kin. The family of Miriam Mueni also claims it is unable to pay Sh1.8 million which accumulated when she was admitted to the hospital for four months.
While doctors at the hospital say they did everything they could to attend to the patient at the height of the nurses’ strike, the family of the 29-year-old-mother of two has accused St Matia Mulumba hospital of negligence which led to the death. The patient died on December 2.
Mueni underwent a caesarian section after which she developed complications. “We want to know what led to Mueni’s death, we urge the government to intervene,” said the deceased’s husband Alex Karimu.
When contacted, the hospital acknowledged admitting the patient but explained that the deceased had a ruptured uterus and the baby had already died in the womb.
Resident doctor Njuguna Mwangi said as a result, she had lost a lot of blood adding the her entire abdomen was in bad state from a previous ruptured scar. “We managed to stabilise her but we realised that previous scars from two other surgeries had also ruptured and damaged her intestines,” he said.