Mweithia relaxes on her seats outside the ward. She smiles warms up when we meet and after brief pleasantries, she tells me the predicaments she is going through. Mweithia was discharged about two weeks ago after a successful surgery. She is having cervical cancer which necessitated a surgical intervention. Her health condition started about 6 months ago when she complained of unexpected discharged with lower abdominal pains. She was taken to two hospitals before being referred to Kijabe. She had a biopsy test done and cervical cancer margins tested positive. She was fortunate to be treated and had the national insurance cover clear her initial bill. However, she had complications which were later intervened and she is recuperating well.
Mwethia is an elderly mother of 8 children. Together with her husband, they are peasants from the semi arid regions of Kenya. Despite practicing agriculture, productivity is quite low and unreliable to meet all their needs. Of the 8 children, Mwethia says only one son assists them. The son is a motorcycle operator ferrying passengers and luggage. It’s a venture that provides income for many young Kenyans in the country; income high enough to meet simple basic needs but very low to meet relatively expensive health care. To raise the amount needed for Mweithi’s bill, her son’s options includes selling his motorcycle, robbing him his only income means yet not enough to meet the whole bill. Mweithia appeals for help.
Mweithia says, “I wish to be walk out of the hospital and continue with other treatment and lead a normal life”.