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Kenyan living in the US dies of coronavirus

The elderly patient, from Molo, was being treated for underlying condition when he contracted the Covid-19.

In Summary

•This brings to two the number of Kenyans reported to have succumbed to the virus around the world.

•The family also appealed for prayers because they still have immediate family members quarantined due to the virus.

The cases inside Kenya, as at Friday, March 27.
The cases inside Kenya, as at Friday, March 27.

Another Kenyan has succumbed to coronavirus.

Laban Kimungu lived in the US.

The family of Kimungu from Molo said he was being treated for an underlying condition when he contracted Covid-19. 

 

Kimungu lived in the United States with his children and was hospitalised in a Massachusetts hospital, where he passed on, on Wednesday.

He is the first Kenyan abroad to have died from complications caused by the disease, and his demise was announced by the family on Friday. 

“It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of Mr. Laban Kimungu Njoroge of Molo,” the family said in a statement.

“He had been undergoing treatment for an underlying condition when he succumbed to the Covid-19 on March 25, 2020.”

This brings to two the number of Kenyans who have succumbed to the virus around the world.

The family is holding e-virtual memorial services every night from 8pm, Eastern Standard Time.

“On Tuesday March 31, 2020, we will have a celebration of life, service from 7pm with cremation to follow on Wednesday, April 1, 2020,” the family said in a statement published on the Kenyan diaspora website Samrack. 

 

The family also appealed for prayers because they still have immediate family members hospitalised and quarantined due to the virus.

A picture of the late Laban Kimungu from Molo, supplied by the family.
A picture of the late Laban Kimungu from Molo, supplied by the family.
Image: Courtesy
 

On Thursday, a Nairobi businessman was the first person to succumb inside Kenya after contracting coronavirus.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the 66-year-old patient died while receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. 

“We have received the sad news of the first patient who had tested positive for coronavirus. The 66-year-old male Kenyan citizen who passed on this afternoon had been admitted at Aga Khan ICU. 

“The man who was suffering from diabetes had arrived in the country on March 13 from South Africa via Swaziland," Kagwe said.   

The man's family members also announced his death on social media and detailed his last travels.   The businessman, who hails from Western Kenya, had diabetes, one of the underlying conditions that doctors report make Covid-19 patients vulnerable.

"It is likely he contracted the virus in South Africa," an official aware of the case told the Star. 

The man checked in at Aga Khan University Hospital after the initial trip for a normal check-up when he experienced mild symptoms. He was treated and left to go back to his home.

He is believed to have also visited Namibia in the last three weeks.

After the initial visit to hospital, he felt unwell and returned to the hospital again after three days. This time he was admitted and secluded in a special area because his condition had worsened.

He had a high fever and remained at the ICU, where his condition worsened, until his death Thursday.