Binyavanga Wainaina Medical FundCause progress
Raising resources for Binyavanga Wainaina's medical care, with love
On October 31st 2015, Binyavanga Wainaina suffered a stroke at his home and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Karen Hospital. His speech was affected, and he needed to undergo MRI and CT scans, in addition to round the-clock observation. The doctors recommended medicinal treatment and specialized speech therapy. Binyavanga was discharged on Friday 6th November.
On Friday 13th November, he developed some physical difficulties arising from the stroke. Following a scheduled appointment with a neurosurgeon, he was admitted to Nairobi Hospital for further observation and was immediately checked into ICU for 24 hours and upon stabilization, moved into the general ward. Doctors advised that Binyavanga has a chronic condition that affects the blood vessels to the brain making him susceptible to blockages and strokes. They also stated that an immediate intervention is required before extensive therapy beyond first-stage treatment. Over the last two weeks, Binyavanga’s colleagues, family and friends have been working to avail the best medical care possible for him. He is now scheduled to travel to Bangalore, India, through a hospital-to-hospital transfer, where further tests will be conducted with the possibility of surgery. This will be followed by rehabilitation, recuperation and basic care.
From a preliminary
assessment of the costs of travel (for him, an accompanying family member,
doctor and nurse with their equipment), tests, medication, basic care, speech therapy
and a period of recuperation, it was established that $30,000 (Approx Ksh 3
Million) is required for his evacuation
and a further $20,000 (Approx Ksh 2 Million) in a month's time. We now know
that costs for post treatment care will rise- we will be seeking a longer-term
insurance solution given this pre-existing condition and the need for ready
access to world-class care.
Please join us in raising much-needed resources for Binyavanga.