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Kenyan Baby Born in the UAE Held Hostage by Hospital until Parents Clear $80,000 Bill

A Kenyan newborn is being held hostage by a hospital in the United Arab Emirates until his parents clear the $80,000 hospital bill.

The baby, Kiama Mwangi Kamau, was born on February 11th prematurely at 25 weeks. Kiama’s mother, Ruth Wambui Mwaura says she had gone to Sharjah, UAE on holiday when she unexpectedly went into labor. She got rushed to the emergency room and Kiama was born the following day, but because he was premature he had to be hospitalized for a few weeks to receive specialized care.

Little Kiama is now healthy to leave the hospital but the hospital will not release them until they clear the $80,000 bill, an amount Ruth says she and her husband cannot afford given that she is currently out of work and her husband’s job in Kenya as a petrol pump filler does not pay enough to afford the bill.

The parents say they planned for the baby to be born in Kenya and were not expecting delivery while in the UAE. “We certainly were not prepared for something like this. We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams that we would be in this situation.”



Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:29

NONSENSE ... a jobless pregnant woman + a gas station worker go on vacation - upuzi mtupu .... now they want the govt or well-wishers to pay their bill. Maybe sonko has some ksh 8million lying around somewhere and can bail them out.


Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:32

how much do petrol pump fillers get paid in Kenya that he can take his expectant wife who is out of work on a vacation to EAU?

Kwani vacation za EAU ni kama kuenda Naivasha?

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