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Family seeks help with Sh10m bill after daughter's bone marrow transplant.

A family is seeking assistance with a Sh10 million medical bill after a girl and her grandmother were taken ill.

Claire Muthoni, aged three-and-a-half years, successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant at Apollo Ahmedabad Hospital in India.

She was taken to hospital with tonsillitis but was diagnosed with leukemia in March.

Her mother Anne-Christine Kagendo told The Star on phone that Muthoni is out of danger after undergoing surgery on September 26.

"After the transplant, she developed an infection and that has incurred Sh2 million. She underwent chemotherapy twice in India, amounting to Sh2.4 million and the transplant was Sh3.5 million," Kagendo said.

She said, "Transplant medicines are too expensive. It's now 76 days post transplant. Though we had NHIF top up, harambees and a German organisation help, the bill is high."

The family is unable to clear the medical bill and is requesting help. Muthoni will continue to stay at the facility in India until she fully recuperates.

Muthoni's father, Thuo Mwangi, donated the bone marrow for transplanting. He works as a lab technician at Aga Khan hospital.

"We have tried all avenues to raise money for the medical bill. We approached the community and Kameme FM who had two fundraisers during admissions and chemotherapy at Aga Khan hospital," Kagendo said.

"The close friends and relatives we have did their best by contributing immensely and approaching them once for harambees seems not to be baring fruit," Kagendo added.

She said the family also sold a parcel of land in Meru, but most of the funds raised were used to get a flight to India.

At the same time, Kagendo's mother needs a kidney transplant and is undergoing dialysis at Nairobi South hospital.

Kagendo, who works at Kenyatta National Hospital, says they are unable to afford the treatment.

"We have spent a lot as a family on medical bills for both my mum and my daughter. We are only praying that God will heal them completely," she said.

She said well wishers can send donations through account number 1290173133950, account name Claire Muthoni, Equity Bank Kenyatta Avenue Branch.

She also said donations can be sent to the Pay Bill number 759661 or via Mpesa on 0792876416.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
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Date:Dec 17, 2017
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