A family at Ngorongo village in Gatundu North is appealing for help to secure the freedom of their ailing son who has been undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for months.
Joseph Kamau, a milk vendor is reported to have been involved in a mysterious fire incident near his home area, alongside his friend, a business partner inside their transport vehicle in March 2021.
According to his neighbours, Kamau might have been an indirect victim of a love gone sour as his business partner had been in a bitter relationship and had occasionally received death threats from his girlfriend.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the vehicle they were in was torched by unknown people after paraffin was poured all around it.
As a result, Kamau suffered severe fire burns on his face, legs, and at the back before he was rushed to a nearby hospital for first aid.
He would later be referred for specialized treatment at both Gatundu Level Six and KNH.
According to his father Peter Ngugi who infrequently works in construction sites, Kamau has been at the national hospital for months and his hospital bill has risen to Sh 800,000, money that the family cannot afford even in a dream.
Family sells property to offset medical bill
The family, Ngugi says, has sold almost all assets including cows, selling all his poultry animals among other items but has unsuccessfully managed to raise the required amount to secure the freedom of Kamau who has been discharged to recover at home.
“The hospital is demanding in excess of Sh 800,000 but we cannot raise such monies even in a dream. You can all see our situation here and we have sold even our cows means we have zero incomes,” regretted Ngugi.
His mother Agnes Njoki says they have done village fundraising but the fundraisers did not raise enough to even purchase his medication.
Distraught Njoki cried to well-wishers to support the family and raise the required amount to secure Kamau’s release and for the family to heal from the months of torture they have suffered.
“We cannot raise the money as even managing to put food on the table has been a challenge. We appeal to good Samaritans to come through for us to secure the release of our son. We have also suffered for months and his release would make us heal,” stated Njoki.
To support the family, well-wishers can channel their contributions to Peter Ngugi whose phone number is 0727 646545