KENYA— A family is demanding for answers from Kenya National Hospital (KNH) after it discovered their kin, Sabenzia Kilong was burried without their consent.
In a statement issued by the hospital, KNH admitted that it burried the late Kilong without permission from the family.
KNH further admitted that the deceased was admitted at the hospital, claims which they had initially denied.
Kilong is said to have been burried at the Lang’ata cemetery.
The family has said that they visited KNH several times to look for their loved (manually and in records) but the hospital denied having admitted her.
According to them Kilong, a hawker in the city stopped communicating with them in December. Since then, they have been looking for her at city hospitals and morgues including KNH.
KNH later recanted their statement following investigations from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who traced Kilong’s phone to the hospital.
The family said that after tracing the phone, the DCI wrote to KNH to inquire of her whereabouts.
KNH CEO Dr Evans Kamuri on Sunday, 9 said Ms Kilong was admitted there but under a different name.
“We would like to clarify that the deceased was admitted to the hospital under Sabenzia Kilong and not Spencier Kilong.” Dr. Kamuri said, adding that the hospital could not trace Sabenzia’s next of kin at the time she was admitted and during her treatment.
The hospital said that the body was unclaimed for four months and was released for burial on April 27, 2021.
“The Public Health Act Cap 242 allows hospitals to dispose unclaimed bodies after 10 days. However, KNH extends the waiting period by 11 days making it a total of 21 days.”
“While we remain open and invite any further information, at present all indications are that the hospital followed all due procedure in admission, hospital care, farewell admission and finally burial of this patient.” it added.
Following this revelation, the family has expressed its disbelief and shock.
“We, the Kilong family have received a media response from the Kenyatta National Hospital concerning the sickness, death and burial of our late daughter/sister Sabenzia Chepkesis Kilong commonly known as Spe, Sape, or Spencier with shock and disbelief,” said Brian Kilong who is a family member.
KNH has extended its condolences to the family adding that it will corporate with authorities on the matter.