A FAMILY was struck down by heartbreak and shock last
week when their baby, who had been declared dead, suddenly came to life again –
only to die for good two days later.
According to Daily
Nation, the tragedy began last Wednesday morning when Margaret Ahoi took
her 20-day-old baby, Joseph, to the Ngewa Health Centre, about half an hour
from their home in Githunguri, north of Nairobi.
He hadn’t suckled over night, and Joseph was referred to
Kiambu Level Five Hospital, about an hour-and-a-half from their home.
Joseph was admitted to a paediatric ward and put on a
drip and oxygen.
Margaret said: “Three different doctors separately told
me that my baby had passed on at about 9.30am the next day. I was in doubt and
I kept asking if they were sure about it and they insisted they had medically
confirmed that the baby was no more.”
The heartbroken mum watched as her baby was undressed and
prepared for the mortuary. But the undertakers were delayed, and little Joseph
remained lying cold and still in the hospital until the next morning.
By 4pm the family had been issued with a burial permit,
and they started their journey home to where a grave had been prepared for his
Margaret said: “We handled the baby as a corpse. After
all, we had been informed that he was dead. But when we arrived home, he
coughed and even cried, throwing all of us into confusion. When we uncovered
him, we realised that fresh blood was oozing from the wound from a drip on his
hand and he had also pooed.
“Were it not for a delay on the road home, we would have
buried him alive.”
Margaret was paralysed by fear and confusion, but Gogo
Mary Wanjiru milked a cow and fed the baby boiled milk.
But Joseph was clearly distressed, and the family once
again rushed to hospital.
Margeret said: “We found a very dedicated doctor who took
care of my baby from the time we arrived, but he passed on the following day at
This time little Joseph had gone for good, and he was
buried hours later.
Now the traumatised family is haunted by the question of
whether Joseph would have survived if he had not been treated as a corpse for
all those desperate hours.
A complaint has been laid with the cops and the hospital,
which are investigating.