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City hospital ordered to release body in row over Sh17.5 m bill

A hospital and a funeral home have been ordered to release a Nakuru man’s body they have been holding for three months over a Sh17 million bill.

The High Court in Nairobi on Wednesday ordered Karen Hospital and Montezuma Monalisa Funeral Home to unconditionally release the body of Mr Freddy Nyageiro for burial.

The debt accumulated after Mr Fred Nyaigero was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, but later died.

At the time of his death on November 6, 2015, the 37-year-old casual labourer had an accrued bill of Sh17,500,250.92.

The family of Mr Nyaigero moved to court seeking to have Karen Hospital compelled to release his body, which has been held at the Montezuma Monalisa Funeral Home since last year.