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Efforts To Save Achieng Abura’s Son Hit A Snag As UK Hospitals Reject Him

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abura-2When News hit the airwaves on the death of Achieng Abura and how she died a lonely death. It emerged that she had a sickly son who she had been tending to and needed urgent medical attention. Prince Abura who suffers from sickle cell anaemia had also suffered heart disorder that led his health to deteriorate even further. He attracted compassion and a fund drive to get him the much needed treatment was set up as a fitting tribute to his late mother who was a veteran afro jazz songbird.

The commitee that spearheaded the m-changa however has now revealed heartbreaking news concerning the fate of Abura’s only son. Two UK hospitals have rejected the 23 year old admission in their facilities unless he is covered by the NHS(National Health Service). In a statement posted online, the chair of the fund said

In the meantime, Lucie has been to the UK and been in contact with the two hospitals we were referred to by Achieng. Unfortunately it seems they will not admit Prince unless he is covered by the NHS (National Health Service) which could only happen if Prince was enrolled in college there. The cost of seeking Sickle Cell treatment without this coverage is beyond us.”

Prince is stil sickly and needs to undergo the treatment that would stabilise him. The commitee has now resorted to looking for other options in India and America so as to save the precious time ticking on Abura’s son.

“We immediately set about looking for alternatives and have been in touch with the Indian High Commission to see if they have any leads that can assist us pursue treatment in India. Last Saturday we had a fruitful meeting with Princes family to deliberate on the way forward and will meet again later this month and they are also helping guide us on whats best for him.

His Doctor in Nairobi Dr Riyat is also assisting to see if we can find an institution in India that can treat his condition. We wish to emphasize that there is managing his condition which can be done in Nairobi (even though it may be better managed abroad) and treatment which will mean he will be free of the debilitating conditions of sickle cell and able to lead a full and productive life. The latter is what we are seeking to do.

We do also have a contact in America who is pursuing a few institutions there that specialize in Sickle Cell treatment. As we continue to consult we are also getting second opinions this coming week from two different medical experts to help us make an informed decision about where he would get the best treatment at a cost we can afford.”

At the time of  his mother’s death, Prince had been admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi after he suffered a number of complications. He was only discharged a day before his mother was laid to rest.

We hope that Prince gets the treatment as soon as possible.

Mukami Kanyi

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