Ailing Lucy Kibaki taken abroad for treatment

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MAMALUCYFormer First Lady Lucy Kibaki has been flown out of the country for specialised treatment, a family source told the Saturday Nation.

“It is true. It was necessary”, said the source.

Earlier, the source had said the matter was discussed in the family extensively, and a unanimous decision was reached and it was just a matter of “when” the ailing Mrs Kibaki would be flown out

Mrs Kibaki was admitted to Nairobi Hospital intensive care unit last month after seeking treatment from Gertrude’s Hospital, which is closer to her home.

To date, Saturday Nation has not been able to establish what is ailing the former First Lady.

Bound by doctor-patient confidentiality, Nairobi Hospital has always declined to comment on her medical situation and referred journalists to the family, which has been tight-lipped about her condition.

The silence has left room for speculations, with earlier reports indicating she had been admiited to Nairobi Hospital for a “routine check-up” after having developed a respiratory problem.

“There should be no alarm at all. It is merely a routine check-up; the kind that your mother and mine would need to undergo from time to time. Remember our mothers’ health, given their age, cannot be the same as that of high school girls,” former President Mwai Kibaki’s press secretary, Dr Ngare Gituku, had told journalists.

Mrs Kibaki has not been seen in public for nearly five years.

-nation.co.ke

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