A Kenyan man has passed away at a US medical facility as doctors deliberated on how best to carry out a surgery.
George Wahagi Kimani died early Tuesday morning at the Gwinnett Medical Centre in Gwinnett County, Georgia where he had been taken after complaining ofsevere back pain.
A family member told the Nation that Mr Kimani’s death came as a shock to both the family and the Kenyan community in the Metro Atlanta area.
“We are devastated by the news of his passing more so because no one saw it coming,” said Charles Kimani, a brother of the deceased.
“On Monday, George had reported to his place of work as usual without complaining of any ailment only to come home looking weak and saying he was experiencing excruciating back pain,” he added.
A nurse at the facility who requested not to be named as she was not authorised to speak to the media told the Nation that the patient passed away shortly after midnight.
“I can tell you that the medical personnel here tried all they could to save his life as he gasped for breath. But he passed away at about 12:15am,” she said.
Results of tests carried out after he arrived at the facility had revealed a condition that required immediate surgery.
“But even before a decision could be made on whether to transfer him to a better equipped facility, his condition deteriorated,” said the nurse.
On Tuesday evening, friends and well-wishers gathered at Mr Kimani’s Gwinnetthome to condole the family and join them in prayer.
“We are trying to come to terms with the news of the untimely death,” said Kimani Kagombe, an uncle to the deceased.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday February 14 at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Grayson, Georgia, at 4pm.