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Ailing Kenyan man in South Africa denied a kidney for being a foreigner

Posted by Administrator on February 16, 2012

IN DANGER: Dishon Muriuki’s life is hanging by a thread because as a refugee he does not qualify for a kidney transplant. Muriuki fled his homeland of Kenya during the post election upheaval of 2007. Picture: SIHLE MAVUSO

IN DANGER: Dishon Muriuki’s life is hanging by a thread because as a refugee he does not qualify for a kidney transplant. Muriuki fled his homeland of Kenya during the post election upheaval of 2007. Picture: SIHLE MAVUSO

A Kenyan refugee who fled to South Africa in 2007 during the political violence that erupted in his country now has to endure the pain of watching his life coming to an end – because he is a foreigner.

Dishon Muriuki, 37, urgently requires a kidney transplant, but he does not qualify as he is “not a permanent resident of South Africa”.

He has been admitted to Addington Hospital for kidney dialysis treatment, but will be disconnected soon.

Fellow Kenyan refugee Damuris Kibe told The New Age that they had lost hope after finding that every avenue to get treatment for Muriuki was closed.

Kibe said even attempts to get the Human Rights Commission to intervene in the matter had been unsuccessful.

She alleged an official at the HRC’s Durban offices had promised to write to the minister of health and call them later with an update.

“Up to today we are still waiting for that call. This matter is very urgent as I am not convinced he can survive after he is released from the hospital as they said they will release him and give him medication to use at home.”

Kibe also produced a letter allegedly written by Prof A Assonga from Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital where kidney patients are transferred and treated.

The letter states that Muriuki can’t have a kidney transplant because he is not a permanent resident of South Africa and his relatives have been advised about it.

“The patient and five relatives have been counselled regarding the fact that he does not qualify for the kidney programme because of his asylum seeker status,” the letter reads in part.

Provincial health spokesperson Chris Maxon did not respond to questions regarding Muriuki’s matter.

Kibe argued that in most dire cases health asylum seekers or refugees are exempted from many laws governing their host countries on grounds that they find themselves outside their countries not of their own will.

“This is an urgent matter that cannot wait for laws to change. What makes matters worse is that Muriuki’s wife was deported to Kenya two months ago. This has added to Muriuki’s stress; his prospects are dim.

Source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/43535-1010-53-No_kidney_because_hes_a_foreigner

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3 Responses to “Ailing Kenyan man in South Africa denied a kidney for being a foreigner”

  1. There is a kikuyu proverb which say with one is circumsized in foreign land never get healed. I pity this guy I think he should be given treatment since sickness can strike any. I also ask kenyans who are in south africa help this guy to come back to kenya where he can receive treatment. The other thing I should ask kenyans is to stop habit of taking advantage of a situations. For instance when post violence broke many kenyans took advantage of the situations and went to foreign countries and sought asylum siting they were violence victims. I don,t say that what you did, but many kenyans did that .That,s like mocking who are affected and God can cause violence to occur in your area

  2. mundia said

    THATS WHY WE NEED AFRICA TO UNITE………………………. AFRICA UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  3. healthcare guy said

    This is a very sad case, i hope he can get the treatment cause there is no way he is going to survive with home medications without dialysis or kidney tx. Nobody should be denied health care because of nationality but having said that, being in south africa requiring kidney transplant it alittle far fetched. I work in health care here in dallas but all i gotta say , organ transplant is very complicated because i work with mostly lung transplants. I have personally seen many patients denied organs because they dont have insurance and doctors tell them there is nothing they can do. So this is not just south africa it happens here in states all the time. Organ donation follow very strict guidelines and people are normally put on waiting list and there is so many factors to consider. I know it hard but i would like to advise family to do a fundraiser and look for a donor, he can even go to india they have the best technology when it comes to healthcare and it is reasonable. This patient is not gonna be able to make it in SA sorry to say. They need to act right away….the biggest factor here is money. prayers to muriuki’s family at this tempting times!!!

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