NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19 – The wife of the man who tried to smuggle their baby out of the Kenyatta National Hospital over a Sh56,000 bill has narrated how the failed plot was hatched.
Vivian Murage said her husband, Boniface Murage, who secured his freedom earlier Tuesday after a Nairobi court handed him a three-month suspended sentence, revealed the plan to her last Saturday during a routine hospital visit.
A visibly delighted Vivian could not hide her joy for the health of her month-old girl who was admitted at the referral hospital on January 24 after developing breathing complications.
Vivian says they remained at hospital with the baby until Monday when doctors certified their release, but they could not manage the accumulated bill.
Vivian’s husband, who spoke to journalists following his release from custody, said the plan was well-thought out and explained how he had perforated the carrier bag to avoid suffocating the baby.
Murage’s case brought to the fore hospital imprisonments that are rampant in public hospitals, with the practice flying in the face of Article 43 of the Constitution which guarantees the right to the highest attainable standard of health to every citizen.
Murage has already secured employment in Nairobi County Government after Governor Mike Sonko came to his rescue, a day after well-wishers lined up to clear the hospital bill at KNH leading to the discharge of the baby.