Anthony Kiai, the Mukurwe-ini MP narrated his near-death experience after he contracted Covid-19. He spoke on Monday, November 16.
Speaking to the press Kiai said that his doctors saved him because of their fast response. They noted that he was only thirty minutes away from death at the point of admission.
“The doctors told me that I had only 30 minutes of living had I not reached hospital on time. My organs were systematically failing due to carbon dioxide poisoning,” he stated.
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Kiai noted that he contracted the virus just days after running a marathon with friends. Days later, he complained of persistent pains in his chest. Consequently, he was rushed to the Karen Hospital.
Kiai pointed out that he received treatment and was soon after discharged. Nonetheless, the pain persisted. This prompted him to get tested for Covid-19 at the Aga Khan hospital. The test results turned positive.
Anthony Kiai: Doctors Saved Me
He said that the doctors wheeled him into triage then straight to the ICU. They also detained his wife for isolation. He also noted that things can go south very fast.
Kiai admitted that his political influence played a key role in him accessing the medical services. He, however, pondered how Kenyans cope with the expenses of the virus.
“This disease is there and it is here with us; when I was taken to hospital the facilities were full while others did not even have an ICU bed, I am glad that I was able to get a bed just because of who I am.
“The average costs of the tests range between Sh5,000 and Sh20,000. I kept on asking myself how many Kenyans can afford this money, ” he wondered.
He attributed his recovery to a healthy regime. Also, he has no previous ailing conditions.
Kiai was lucky to have accessed medical care at a time when he needed it, with most Kenyans lacking the same opportunity due to poor healthcare infrastructure further strained by the Covid-19 pandemic.Follow us in social media: