Car accident survivor spends over 18 hours waiting in ambulance

Ms Jessica Moraa at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on October 7, 2015 where her hit-and-run survivor husband, Mr Alex Madaga (inset), was admitted on Tuesday evening after an 18-hour wait. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • He was knocked down by a speeding car on Waiyaki Way on Monday at about 9pm and taken to Kikuyu Mission Hospital, where doctors referred him to Kenyatta for specialised treatment.
  • Mr Madaga, who is now in a coma at KNH, was in the ambulance for so long that the driver had to make a dash back to Kikuyu Mission Hospital to replenish the oxygen.
  • Mr Madaga’s wife, Ms Jessica Moraa, 25, said the hospital’s authorities kept telling her that they could not admit her husband of one year because there was neither a bed at the Intensive Care Unit nor a ventilator to help his breathing.

An accident victim spent 18 hours in an ambulance because Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi claimed it did not have an ICU bed.


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